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.

12 Nov 2020

Geelong (online)

The accused was the owner and person in charge of five horses, all of which were significantly overweight and required urgent farrier treatment. Four mares were found to be lame and laminitic, and the remaining gelding had mild lameness. One horse died 13 days after the date of seizure, and a further two failed to respond to treatment and were euthanised on humane grounds.


The accused was placed on an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour for a period of five years and was disqualified from being the person in charge of any animal save for an existing horse for a period of one year. A monitoring order was also issued, allowing POCTA Inspectors to attend premises where his horses are kept to monitor his compliance with the disqualification order.


23 Nov 2020

Werribee (online)

This case involved an 8-year-old Pomeranian type dog named Layla, which was found by an RSPCA Victoria Inspector in the backyard of the accused’s home. The dog was in a state of recumbency and emaciation, with urine-soaked skin and fur. Due to her recumbency the dog was unable to access shelter or water, and as a result was also severely dehydrated when found. The dog was seized and despite our best efforts to treat her multiple issues, her condition deteriorated and after seven days in our care she was euthanised on humane grounds due to poor prognosis and quality of life.


The accused was convicted, fined $5,000 and ordered to pay costs of $2,358.