We’re less than two months into 2016, but RSPCA Qld is already reeling after a string of animal cruelty incidents to start the year.

RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty has been left shocked by what he’s seen in 2016.

“I can’t remember so many animal cruelty cases in such a short period in the ten years I’ve been with the society,” says Mr Beatty.

RSPCA Qld Chief Inspector Daniel Young agrees with Mr Beatty’s sentiment.

“It’s been a shocker! Deliberate cruelty cases are normally spread out but this year we’ve had six in under a month.”

Social media has played a role in many of the animal cruelty cases to arise so far this year.

The first to come to light was the premeditated torture of a possum which was posted on Snapchat. Two young men, Callum Gibson Mckenzie (17) from Greenslopes and Hunter Lawrence Jonasen (17) from Tarragindi, have now been charged with serious animal cruelty.

Just days later, RSPCA inspectors raided the home of Matt Maloney, a 24-year-old Albion man, and seized a snake and a number of rats. The seizures related to a video posted on Facebook which showed him biting off the head of a live rat and slowly swallowing it. He leans toward the camera and shows the head of the rat in his mouth. He has since been charged with animal cruelty.

Last week, the horrific stretch continued when someone deliberately mowed down 17 kangaroos at Wacol. 16 died at the scene but one had to be euthanased because of its injuries.

A kangaroo was also shot with an arrow and later died near Andrews Road in Greenbank, while in Gympie, two children smashed the nests of a family of welcome swallows and threw the fledglings into puddles of water and trampled them.

A young possum who was on his mother’s back was also shot with an arrow in Cooran just outside of Gympie.

RSPCA Qld is asking anyone who has information on the Wacol kangaroo deaths, the Greenbank kangaroo and the possum shot with an arrow in Cooran to come forward. They can call the Cruelty Complaints hotline on 1300 852 188.