Report Types: What is your report about?

RSPCA Victoria Inspectors are authorised to investigate animal cruelty reports defined by the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTAA) 1986. Please read the below information to help you make a report.

Barking dogs

A constantly barking does not break any laws under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTAA) 1986, so if you have been unable to resolve the issue with your neighbour you can contact your local council to make a noise complaint. Your local council's contact details can be found be clicking here.

Stray animals

If you come across a stray animal or an animal at large, please contact your local council who will be able to collect them. You can find your local council details by clicking here.

Large numbers of livestock

RSPCA Victoria is authorised to investigate cruelty reports relating to livestock when fewer than 10 animals are involved. Welfare concerns for more than 10 livestock are investigated by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). Contact DEDJTR by calling 136 186 or by emailing aw.complaint@ecodev.vig.gov.au

Large numbers of poultry

RSPCA Victoria is authorised to investigate cruelty reports relating to poultry when fewer than 50 birds are involved. When there are welfare concerns for more than 50 poultry are investigated by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). Contact DEDJTR by calling 136 186 or by emailing aw.complaint@ecodev.vig.gov.au

Dogs in hot cars

If you find a pet left in a hot car, please call Victoria Police immediately on 000. The Police are equipped to dispatch officers quickly from the nearest police station, which is critical under these circumstances.

Wildlife

If you have concerns about the welfare of wildlife, the best point of contact is the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Contact numbers vary by species, so please see the DELWP website for their phone list here.

Sick or injured animals

If you have concerns for a sick or injured animal, please make a formal report with our Inspectorate by clicking here to report online. If you believe an animal's life is at immediate risk, please call us now on 9224-2222.

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Dogs not being walked or played with enough

RSPCA Victoria recommends that pet owners provide their pets with both physical and mental stimulation through walks and play. However, enrichment is not a legal requirement under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTAA) 1986, so our Inspectorate cannot investigate reports related to this.

We use communications to educate owners about the benefits of enrichment activities, and the destructive behaviours that can develop through lack of enrichment, as we have found that a lot of the time people simply aren't aware of the importance of enrichment. We recommend sharing the following information from our website: rspcavic.org/7-reasons-why-dog-toys-are-important

Insufficient food, water, or shelter

Failing to provide sufficient food, water or shelter to an animal under your care is an offence under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTAA) 1986. Please make a formal report with our Inspectorate by clicking here to report online. If you believe an animal's life is at immediate risk, please call us now on 9224-2222.

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Underweight or emaciated animals

Our inspectors are authorised under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTAA) 1986 to investigate animals that appear to be underweight or emaciated. Please make a formal report with our Inspectorate by clicking here to report online. If you believe an animal's life is at immediate risk, please call us now on 9224-2222.

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Abandoned animals

Local councils are responsible for retrieving stray or roaming animals, however our inspectors are able to pick up abandoned animals from a dwelling. Please make a formal report with our Inspectorate by clicking here to report online. If you believe an animal's life is at immediate risk, please call us now on 9224-2222.

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Puppy or kitten factories

RSPCA Victoria's Inspectorate has assembled a Major Investigations Team (MIT) that specifically investigates suspected illegal intensive breeding facilities. If you have information about a puppy or kitten factory, please send us your tip off here.

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Animals requiring immediate attention

If you believe an animal's life is at immediate risk, DO NOT make an online report. Please call us now on 9224-2222 so an Inspector can be notified right away.

If the issue you're reporting is not covered by any of our above points, please proceed to make an online report here.