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

 
 6 Feb 2019Hoppers Crossing Dog (1) Werribee The accused, together with the co-accused, were the owner and person in charge of a dog in Hoppers Crossing between February and April 2018. The dog was suffering from an ear infection and matting, and no treatment was provided despite advice and Notice to Comply.  Dog subsequently
seized and 24X application lodged.
9(1)c
9(1)i 
The accused was placed on an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour until 03/02/2020.  They were ordered to make a donation to the RSPCA of $250 by 6 March 2019.  Dog awarded to RSPCA.

 6 Feb 2019 Hoppers Crossing Dog (1) WerribeeThe accused, together with the co-accused, were the owner and person in charge of a dog in Hoppers Crossing between February and April 2018. The dog was suffering from an ear infection and matting, and no treatment was provided despite advice and Notice to Comply.  Dog subsequently
seized and 24X application lodged. 
9(1)c
9(1)i  
24ZP
The accused was placed on an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour until 03/02/2020.  They were ordered to make a donation to the RSPCA of $250 by 6 March 2019.  Dog awarded to RSPCA.

12 Feb 2019 Chadstone Dog (1), rodents (2), tropical fish (66) Moorabbin The accused was the person in charge of numerous animals, in breach of her imposed disqualification order. All animals were seized and no claim made.12AF  The accused was fined $500 and disqualified for a period of five years from being the person in charge of any animal, save for an assistance dog obtained through a named organisation.*

14 Feb 2019 Oaklands Junction Horse (1) Broadmeadows The accused was the owner of a horse who was in poor condition and suffering from laminitis. The accused failed to comply with a Notice to Comply, and the horse was later surrendered to the RSPCA. 

9(1)i The accused was placed on an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour for two months.
18 Feb 2019


Miniature pony (1)
KynetonThe accused was the owner and person in charge of a miniature pony with overgrown hooves, and did not comply with instructions to have a farrier see the animal. The pony was eventually surrendered and remedial farrier treatment was provided.

9(1)i
9(1)c
Ordered to pay costs of $420.55 and fined $1,200.00 
27 Feb 2019
Prahran Possum (1)MelbourneThe accused set a total of 8 unprescribed traps. A possum was caught in a trap and subsequently killed by the accused. 10(1)Fined $500 without conviction
 *This case is currently being appealed by the accused