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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.



3-May-21

Geelong (online)

The accused was the owner of a bay Thoroughbred mare ‘Harmony’ in poor condition.A Notice to Comply was issued ordering he seek veterinary attention, with the veterinarian diagnosing teeth problems and a lack of nutrition. She recommended euthanasia or surrender within 24 hours.Harmony was surrendered to a horse welfare group and a full recovery was made.

The accused was fined $1,000 as part of aggregate order with costs ordered of $305.10.He was disqualified for a period of two years from being the person in charge of more than one horse.

 

Frankston (online)

The accused lived/worked at a greyhound training track and trapped an adult Brushtail Possum in a home-made wire possum trap.The accused kept the possum in the trap, wired the trap door shut (to prevent the possum from escaping), fed the possum apples and kept the trap under a wooden box in the backyard of the premises. RSPCA attended the track after the Brushtail Possum was discovered by Greyhound Racing Victoria Officers conducting a routine inspection of the premises. The accused admitted to the Inspector that he had trapped the possum and kept it. The accused denied the trap was his and denied he intended to use the possum as a lure.

 

The magistrate released the accused on an undertaking to appear before adjourned date if called upon, to be of good behaviour and to pay $2,000 to the court fund, without conviction.

 

10-May-21

 

The accused was the owner of a dog who was emaciated and sick. A Notice to Comply was issued and the accused attended at a veterinary clinic and was told the dog needed ongoing treatment. He did not comply with the instructions so the dog was seized and much later surrendered but had to be euthanised.

The court found all charges proven, ordered a $1,500 fine with no conviction, $8,000 in costs and disqualified the accused from being an owner or person in charge of dogs for two years.

18-May-21

Benalla (online)

The accused was the owner and person in charge of a Thoroughbred mare ‘Hazel’ who was found in very poor body condition, with the ribs, spine, croup and pelvis bones prominent and visible. A local veterinarian attended and stated the mare's weight was approximately 150-200kg less than a healthy horse her age. In addition, Hazel was suffering from chronic malnutrition and poor teeth and had not had any appropriate care, diet or adequate nutrition provided. The vet believed that the emaciation was of a chronic nature and it was found that euthanasia was the kindest course of action.

The accused was placed on a Good Behaviour Bond for 12 months without conviction, with costs in the sum of $752.25 awarded. He was ordered to donate $1,000.00 to the RSPCA and he was placed on a s12 disqualification order in relation to horses for two years.

20-May-21

Frankston (online)

The accused was the owner and person in charge of an 11-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier type female dog ‘Shelby’. The dog was in a very thin body condition and was suffering from red and inflamed skin and noticeable hair loss. The accused advised that she had tried to feed the dog but had not sought veterinary attention. The dog was surrendered and upon veterinary examination was found to be emaciated. Shelby was placed on a suitably adequate diet and treated for the flea infestation and skin condition. Within two weeks, the skin had drastically improved, and the hair was regrowing. After two months, Shelby had increased her body weight by 50% and she was now in an ideal body condition. The vet’s view was that the dog was not provided with proper and sufficient food for a period of several weeks to months.

The Magistrate placed the accused on a Good Behaviour Bond for six months without conviction, with costs awarded in the sum of $313.50. She was ordered to donate $300.00 to the RSPCA and was placed on a s12 disqualification order in relation to dogs for two years.

20-May-21

Frankston (online)

The accused was the owner and person in charge of a 14-year-old American Staffordshire terrier cross type dog ‘Makko’. The dog was seized by council as a stray, and on admission to the pound was found to be emaciated and suffering from a large open necrotic mass in the groin area, as well as other infected lumps on his body.

The accused stated that the dog had been losing weight for the past two months and that she was aware of the lumps and the necrotic mass. She stated she believed the dog had cancer, but she could not afford to have the dog euthanised. Makko was surrendered to the RSPCA where he was euthanised on humane grounds.

The Magistrate placed the accused on a Good Behaviour Bond for six months without conviction and awarded costs in the sum of $313.50. A $300 donation to the RSPCA was also ordered.

27-May-21

Seymour (online)

The accused was the owner and person in charge of a dog, two cats and one rabbit abandoned at a property. When an Inspector attended the dog had been removed but two cats and one rabbit were found to be in a filthy state and were seized.

The accused was convicted and fined $1,000 with costs of $3,124.80 awarded to the RSPCA. She was disqualified for a period of five years from being the person in charge of any animals, save a dog she currently owned.

27 May 2022

Seymour (online)

The accused was the owner and person in charge of a horse who had a large purulent haemorrhagic mass completely obscuring the left eye. A Notice to Comply was left for the owner who responded two days later. The owner stated the eye mass was present for four years. The horse was euthanised by the owner on the vet’s recommendation.

The accused was fined $1,000, ordered to pay costs of $1,747.00 and disqualified for a period one year from owning or being in charge of horses.

28 May 2021

Kerang (online)

The accused was the owner and person in charge of a Shetland pony mare with severely overgrown hooves. Notices to Comply were issued for vet and farrier care but were not complied with. The pony was seized and subsequently surrendered. He was conveyed to the nearest vet where radiographs confirmed he was severely disabled. He was later euthanised on humane grounds.

The finding was without conviction, the accused to undertake to be of Good behaviour until March 2023 and to pay $630 costs and donate $2,000 to the RSPCA.



 
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