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

 
4 Mar 2020
Dog (1) Dandenong The accused was the person in charge of a dog in breach of an Order pursuant to section 12(1) of POCTAA. Application pursuant to section 24X.
The application was granted and ownership was given to RSPCA Victoria *

12 Mar 2020Berwick Dog (1) DandenongThe accused was the person in charge of an elderly dog who was emaciated with a heavily matted coat. Dog surrendered on day of visit.9(1)c

The accused pleaded guilty and was convicted and fined $1,000. Further ordered to pay costs of $850 and a two-year banning order in respect of dogs was imposed. 

16 Mar 2020 Geelong CatsGeelong The accused and co-accused were conducting an unregistered rearing domestic animal. business, failed to comply with the Code of Practice in four respects, failed to comply with the lawful direction of an authorised officer on three occasions, and committed cruelty offences to 10 cats by improperly confining them in cat carriers.45 DAA
63A DAA
76(1)(a) DAA
9(1)b POCTAA
The accused pleaded guilty and without conviction, was placed on an adjourned undertaking to be of  good behaviour for a period of 18 months. The accused was also prohibited from conducting or working in a domestic animal business for 18 months. A fine of $750 was imposed with additional costs of $84.
16 Mar 2020GeelongCatsGeelong The accused and co-accused were conducting an unregistered rearing domestic animal. business, failed to comply with the Code of Practice in four respects, failed to comply with the lawful direction of an authorised officer on three occasions, and committed cruelty offences to 10 cats by improperly confining them in cat carriers.

45 DAA
63A DAA
76(1)(a) DAA
9(1)b POCTAA
The accused pleaded guilty and without conviction, was placed on an adjourned undertaking to be of  good behaviour for a period of 18 months. The accused was also prohibited from conducting or working in a domestic animal business for 18 months. A fine of $500 was imposed with additional costs of $84.
19 Mar 2020


Dog (1)
RingwoodThe accused and co-accused were owners. and persons in charge of an emaciated dog with FAD. Dog was surrendered to RSPCA where it was found malnutrition to be the cause of the dog's poor health. The dog increased 53% body weight in 10.5 weeks. 

9(1)c
9(1)f
With conviction, the accused was fined $500. The accused is also disqualified from being the person in charge of any animal for a period of three years, save for one dog and one cat.
19 Mar 2020
Dog (1)RingwoodThe accused and co-accused were owners. and persons in charge of an emaciated dog with FAD. Dog was surrendered to RSPCA where it was found malnutrition to be the cause of the dog's poor health. The dog increased 53% body weight in 10.5 weeks. 
 10(1)With conviction, the accused was fined $500. The accused is also disqualified from being the person in charge of any animal for a period of three years, save for one dog and one cat.
 *This case is currently being appealed by the accused