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Report animal cruelty

A report of animal cruelty can be lodged by telephone or online. As online complaint forms are only reviewed daily Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) all emergency reports should be made by telephone on 03 9224 2222 to ensure our Inspectors are notified immediately.

Do you have a report of cruelty you need our Inspectors to investigate?

If you suspect cruelty in the state of Victoria, please complete the form below. If your report is related to suspected cruelty in another state, please contact the RSPCA in the state where the alleged offence occurred.

What can RSPCA Inspectors investigate?

RSPCA Inspectors investigate complaints involving all kinds of animals, in all kinds of situations. Last year, our Inspectors investigated 8,509 cases of reported cruelty. The most common complaints are failure to provide adequate food, water, shelter and veterinary treatment. RSPCA Inspectors do not have the legal powers to help with stray, wandering or nuisance animals or noise complaints (eg. barking dogs). If your report relates to these issues, please contact your local council.

Are my details confidential?

To investigate a cruelty complaint, RSPCA Inspectors require reasonable grounds to suspect that an animal cruelty offence has been committed. It is essential that you provide contact details so our Inspectors can gather more information if needed such as further directions if the property or animal is difficult to locate. Any personal information provided remains strictly confidential and is protected by the Privacy Act 2000 and Privacy Act 1988.

Mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

Your details
First name*:
Phone number*:
Complaint details
Type of Animal(s)*:
Total Number of Animals*:
Number of Animals Affected*:
Animal Colour*:
Description of alleged cruelty*:
Date animal(s) last seen*:
Open the calendar
Did you personally witness this incident?*:
 Yes   No
Condition of animal(s)
Are hip bones visible?*:
Yes   No
Are rib bones visible?*:
Yes   No
Is the spine visible?*:
Yes   No
Does the animal have adequate food?*:
Yes   No   Unknown
Does the animal have adequate water?*:
Yes   No   Unknown
Does the animal have adequate shelter?*:
Yes   No   Unknown
Is the animal injured?*:
Yes   No
Does the animal require urgent vet treatment?*:
Yes   No
Location of animal(s)
Type of location*:
Street address*:
Directions to property if complete street address is unknown.

Please try and include distances and landmarks if possible, e.g. 400m past the bridge over Stony Creek on the left hand side.

Animal owner/person of interest details
Name of animal owner/person of interest:
Street address:
Contact number:
Is the owner or any persons living at the premises likely to be violent, drunk or drug affected?*:
Yes   No
If yes, please provide further details**:

If you have any images or videos of the animals involved and/or the alleged cruelty offence being committed, please upload them here. If the files are larger than 2MB, please email them to inspector@rspcavic.org.au with your name and contact number so we can match them to your case. We accept the following file types: .jpg, .png, .mov, .3gp, .mp4

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