Inspectorate Prosecution Outcomes

RSPCA Victoria Inspectors are authorised to investigate animal cruelty reports defined by the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTAA) 1986 as well as investigate illegal Domestic Animal Businesses (DABs) defined by the Domestic Animals Act (DAA) 1994. Below is a list of some of our recent prosecutions.

Date of case

Location                                       

Species involved  

Court

Case details

 
Charges

Sentence

 
13 Feb 2020Belgrave Heights  Rabbits (59), guinea pigs (69) Ringwood The accused was the owner and person in charge of 59 rabbits and 69 guinea pigs. Despite several visits to help manage numbers, the accused was not willing to reduce numbers further.9(1)b
9(1)b
The accused was placed on an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour for a period of 12 months.  The accused was further disqualified from being the person in charge of any more than 10 guinea pigs and eight. rabbits for a period of five. years..

20 Feb 2020
Cats (38) BroadmeadowsThe accused was the owner and person in charge of 38 was which were housed in cramped and unsanitary conditions and exhibiting signs of cat flu. All cats seized. N/AThe accused attended court and, after lengthy discussions, they opted to surrender all cats to RSPCA Victoria. The application was thus withdrawn. 

21 Feb 2020 Mount Clear Dog (1)Ballarat The accused was the owner and person in charge of a dog who was contained in a back yard with no food, water or shelter, and with a heavy flea burden. 9(1)cThe accused was convicted and ordered to pay a fine of $1,500 and costs of $1,319. The accused was also disqualified from being the person in charge of any domestic pet or animal for a period of five years. 

24 Feb 2020
Dogs (2) Broadmeadows The accused was the owner and person in charge of two huskies. No shelter was provided despite advice, verbal instruction and a subsequent NTC.
9(1)f
24ZP(2)
The accused was convicted and fined $2,000 with a further $6,685 in costs. They were also disqualified from being the person in charge of any dog for a period of five years. 
 *This case is currently being appealed by the accused