The SSAA NSW Port Macquarie Branch played host to seven Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals inspectors on 15 March.
The inspectors, who hailed from Newcastle and outlying regions, were at the range to update their firearms accreditation. Branch secretary Dennis Adlington says that, with the help of four volunteers who lent a hand, the guys completed their accreditation in two hours.
During their visit the inspectors gave branch staff an insight into the demands of RSPCA work, explaining that they can be called out at any time of the day or night to attend to animals in distress, often confronting situations where wounded, traumatised animals need to be euthanased quickly, sometimes in very challenging conditions. Recently they had to deal with injured cattle in a trailer which overturned near Coffs Harbour, using their firearms within the confined space.
“I think the guys appreciated the range and they said they would like to return,” Dennis says.