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Vict possum bashing case goes unpunished as authorities not interested.
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2013, 06:05:45 PM »
 Doncaster possum-bashing case goes unpunished as authorities say they're not investigating it    A CASE of animal cruelty has slipped through the cracks, after a man was seen bashing a ringtail possum with a metal pole in Doncaster.
Witness Andrew Wallis heard noises and saw a man in Clancys Lane striking the possum with a metal swimming pool cleaning pole about 11pm on Monday, February 25.

"I saw a man clubbing a furry creature on the ground," Mr Wallis said.

He said he tried to stop the man and to save the possum which he said was in a "very bad condition".

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Mr Wallis called Wildlife Victoria rescuers but the injuries were so severe that the possum had to be euthanased by a vet.

RSPCA media co-ordinator Tim Pilgrim said they were not investigating as the case had been reported to police.

Doncaster police said they believed it was being investigated by another authority.

Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) spokeswoman Sally Bateman said the DSE was not investigating as it had not been reported to them.

Wildlife Victoria said they did not have the legal power to investigate.

Mr Pilgrim said cruelty to possums was not uncommon with the RSPCA conducting several investigations in recent months.

"There are many things you can do to ensure you can live in harmony with these beautiful creatures," Mr Pilgrim said.

"Cruelty to any animal is totally unacceptable and the community should not be taking matters into their own hands if they are experiencing problems with possums."

Mr Pilgrim said there were legal requirements around trapping possums and the RSPCA recommended as a last resort that people called a specialist to relocate the animal in a humane manner.

Anyone found guilty of cruelty to a possum could face up to $64,000 in fines, two years in prison and a 10-year ban on owning animals.