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 Apr 2019Ashwood Dog (1) RingwoodThe accused was the owner of a dog who was suffering from cherry eye and poor body condition. The dog was seized and no claim made.9(1)f
9(1)i 
9(1)c
The accused was convicted and fined $1,500. They were also ordered to pay costs of $313 and disqualified from being the person in charge of a dog for two years.

10 Apr 2019 Point CookDogs (3) WerribeeThe accused, together with the co-accused, were the owners of two dogs, both of which were in poor condition.  Despite verbal advice and NTCs, the condition of the animals did not improve. Both dogs were seized and a s24X application was lodged. A further dog was later removed and a subsequent s24X application was lodged.9(1)f
9(1)f  

The accused was convicted and fined $500, while also ordered to pay costs of $3,764. They were disqualified from being a person in charge of any animal for a period of five years, and the three dogs were awarded to RSPCA Victoria.

10 Apr 2019 Point CookDog (3)WerribeeThe accused, together with the co-accused, were the owners of two dogs, both of which were in poor condition. Despite verbal advice and NTCs, the condition of the animals did not improve. Both dogs were seized and a s24X application was lodged. A further dog was later removed and a subsequent s24X application was lodged.
9(1)f
9(1)f
The accused was convicted and fined $500, and was also disqualified from being a person in charge of any animal for a period of five years. The three dogs were awarded to RSPCA Victoria.
11 Apr 2019 BroadmeadowsDog(1) Broadmeadows The accused was the owner of a dog who wassuffering from severe skin infections with no treatment provided. The dog was seized and found to be dehydrated. No claim made. 

9(1)i 
9(1)f
The accused was convicted, fined $2,500 and ordered to pay costs of $1,669.
16 Apr 2019Shepparton


Dog (1)
SheppartonThe accused was the owner and person in charge of a dog who was underweight and had an untreated leg fracture. The dog was picked up as a stray and later surrendered.

9(1)c
9(1)i
The accused was convicted, fined $191.50 and disqualified from being the person in charge of any pet animal for a period of two years.
30 Apr 2019
ChadstoneDog (1), rats (2), tropical fish (66)MelbourneAPPEAL
The accused was convicted at the Moorabbin Magistrates' Court on 12 February 2019, of keeping a dog, two rats, and 66 fish in contravention of a Disqualification Order that had been previously imposed. Sentenced to 2-year good behaviour bond, ordered to pay $500 to Court Fund and further disqualified for a period of five years.
 The order of the Magistrates' Court was set aside. The accused was ordered to pay $200, ordered to be of good behaviour for a period of two years, and further disqualified for a period of five years.   
 *This case is currently being appealed by the accused