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.


Shepparton (online)

The case involveda tan and white American Staffordshire type dog ‘Buddy’, a Jack Russell type dog ‘Boo Boo’ and four medium-haired cats. The Staffy was kept in the rear yard with no shelter and a heavy build-up of faeces. The remaining animals were locked in the garage. The conditions inside the garage were squalid with a heavy build-up of faeces and urine covering the entire floor. Boo Boo appeared to have a severe skin condition that had inflamed the skin. All six animals were seized and transported to RSPCA.

The Magistrate placed the accused on a Good Behaviour Bond for 12 months without conviction, and awarded costs in the sum of $700.00. The ownership of animals was also granted to RSPCA.


Werribee (online)

This case involved an underweight Old English Sheepdog who was taken to a veterinary clinic in Werribee. On examination it was noted that the coat was severely matted, and that thousands of grass seeds were embedded throughout the coat. Around the paws, the seeds had penetrated the skin and embedded in the flesh, causing swelling and lesions. Maggots were also present in the lesions, feeding off the flesh.

The dog was surrendered and transferred to RSPCA’s vet clinic where grass seeds were removed from the coat, ears, ear canals, leg, paws and the prepuce of his penis.

The dog was placed on an adequate nutritious diet suitable for his needs and given anti-inflammatory and antibiotic medications to assist with the healing process. Further grass seeds worked their way out of his body over the next few weeks, and the lesions in the paws fully healed with continued treatment after several months. Within five weeks the dog had gained an ideal weight and body condition, and over several months the lesions in his paws healed.

The accused and co-accused were placed on a diversion plan. The conditions were that both be of good behaviour for 12 months, that neither be the owner of a dog for a period of five years and that a donation of $2,500 be made to the RSPCA.


Latrobe Valley (online)

The accused and co-accused were the owners and persons in charge of two Bloodhound type dogs. The dogs were not provided with a sufficient quantity of food, and subsequently both dogs lost a significant amount of weight.

Both dogs were graded a body condition score of 1 out of 5 (being emaciated). One dog also had an internal parasite infestation as well as a mild ear infection.

The Magistrate fined both accused $800.00 without conviction and awarded costs in the sum of $385.81 per person. The Magistrate also granted the s12 disqualification order for five years against ownership of all animals except for the two cats and one dog that they currently own.


Werribee (online)

The case involved a two–three month-old Boxer type puppy named Jaspar and a 9-month-old American Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy named Diesel.

The accused would strike Diesel as a form of training and discipline, and had hit and kicked the puppy after it had engaged in rough play with the Boxer puppy. He also threw half-bricks at the American Staffordshire puppy as he ran away, with one of the half-bricks missing the Staffy and striking Jaspar.

The Magistrate placed the accused on a good behaviour bond without conviction for 12 months. Costs in the sum of $4,412.40 were awarded and a s12 disqualification order against all animal ownership for two years was granted.


Seymour (online)

The case involved a blue male Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog ‘Boofa’.

Boofa was suffering from a chronic skin condition and had extensive hair loss over most of its body. A closer inspection revealed the dog’s skin to be flaky with a waxy appearance.

Boofa was surrendered and transported to an RSPCA Veterinary Clinic. A veterinarian conducted a full clinical examination and found the dog to be suffering from a bilateral ear infection and a skin infection. He was appropriately treated and within two weeks his condition had resolved and the hair had begun to regrow.

The accused was placed on a good behaviour bond without conviction for 12 months and costs in the sum of $313.50 were awarded.


Dandenong (online)

The case involved 16 domestic cats, four rabbits, five rats, one ferret, one native gecko, one native hopping mouse and one Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog.

The conditions inside the premises contained a build-up of animal faeces and urine over the flooring surfaces, including carpeted areas. A black Miniature Lop rabbit was deceased in emaciated body condition and a white Miniature Lop rabbit was recumbent in emaciated body condition and was later humanely euthanised. Necropsy identified the rabbits emaciated condition was due to malnutrition.

Five rats in the same enclosure were sneezing and in poor body condition and in a separate enclosure was a rabbit in very poor condition. These animals had no access to food and either no access to water or access only to contaminated water. The bedding of the enclosures were soiled, with no evidence of recent cleaning. The rats were found to be in thin body condition and to be suffering from an upper respiratory tract infection that required treatment. The rabbit was in emaciated body condition and was suffering from starvation.

A ferret was also found in the kitchen, housed in an enclosure with no food and minimal amount of water.

The accused was placed on a Community Corrections Order with conviction for 12 months with 60 hours of unpaid community work. Costs in the sum of $729.50 were awarded and a s12 disqualification order was made against all animal ownership for a period of five years, save for her current dog and cat.