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

 
5 Sep 2019Mount ClearDogs (2)BallaratThe accused was the owner and person in charge of two dogs. Both dogs were underweight, had fleas, and one dog had a severely matted, urine-stained coat. Both animals surrendered.9(1)f
9(1)i 

The accused was placed on an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour for 12 months, and ordered to donate $500 to RSPCA Victoria. Also disqualified from being a person in charge of any animal for five years, save for one cat.

5 Sep 2019 
Horses (3) BallaratThe accused was the owner and person in charge of three horses. The horses were in poor boy condition with inadequate food and various injuries. The horses were eventually surrendered.9(1)f
9(1)i


The accused was placed on an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour for 12 months and ordered to donate $1,250 to RSPCA Victoria. Also disqualified from being the person in charge of more than one horse for a period of a year.

11 Sep 2019 
Dog (1)HeidelbergThe accused, together with the co-accused, was the owner and person in charge of a dog that was riddled with maggots as the result of a failure to maintain the dog's coat. Humane euthanasia of the animal was required.
9(1)i

The accused was fined $1,500 without conviction. Also disqualified from being the person in charge of a dog, with the exception of one already-owned dog.
11 Sep 2019
Dog (1)
HeidelbergThe accused, together with the co-accused, was the owner and person in charge of a dog that was riddled with maggots as the result of a failure to maintain the dog's coat. Humane euthanasia of the animal was required.
9(1)i


The accused was fined $1,500 without conviction. Also disqualified from being the person in charge of a dog, with the exception of one already-owned dog.
 17 Sep 2019 Melbourne Dog (1) MelbourneThe accused was the owner of a dog who was hit twice with a shoe, resulting in two significant fractures. The accused admitted to hitting the dog, who had to be euthanised as a result of its injuries.  9(1)aThe accused was placed on an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour for a period of 12 months and ordered to make a $400 donation to RSPCA Victoria. 
 18 Sep 2019  Dog (1) WerribeeThe accused was the owner of an elderly dog who he beat with a stick, causing two leg fractures which were left untreated.  9(1)cThe accused was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,649.
 19 Sep 2019  Horses (2) DandenongThe accused was the owner of two horses in emaciated body condition. One horse died during Inspectors' attendance and the other was seized and later surrendered. 9(1)f
 9(1)i
 9(1)f
 9(1)l
The accused was fined $3,000 with conviction and disqualified for a period of three years from being the person in charge of any horse.
 19 Sep 2019  Horses (5) BairnsdaleThe accused was the owner of five horses on an agistment property. The accused was not attending to feed the horses and there was no natural pasture. The accused failed to improve condition and failed to comply with a NTC.  9(1)fThe accused was placed on an undertaking to be of good behaviour and was ordered to pay a sum of $1,000 to RSPCA Victoria as well as $500 in costs. Also disqualified from being the person in charge of any more than five horses for a period of five years. 
       
 *This case is currently being appealed by the accused