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

 
8 Jan 2019LaraHorse (1)GeelongThe accused was the owner of a horse and despite earlier advice, failed to seek vet treatment. The owner did later arrange a vet who euthanised the horse on humane grounds. 9(1)i The accused was fined $1,000 without conviction. 
23 Jan 2019Warrak


Cats (122), horse (1)
BallaratThe accused was the owner of 122 cats and a horse. The cats were suffering from various medical conditions and poor disease management.  The horse sustained an injury, and given no treatment was provided it required euthanasia.  23 cats seized and a further 99 cats via a Ministerial Order. 9(1)i, 9(1)i
9(1)i, 9(1)f
9(1)i, 9(1)i
9(1)i, 9(1)i
9(1)i, 9(1)i
9(1)i, 9(1)i
9(1)i, 9(1)i
9(1)i, 9(1)i
9(1)i, 9(1)i
9(1)i, 9(1)i
9(1)i, 9(1)i
9(1)i, 9(1)i,
9(1)I, 9(1)i
9(1)f, 9(1)i
9(1)c,9(1)c
9(1)b,9(1)b
9(1)i,10(1)
On the cat charges, the accused was convicted and sentenced to a fine of $10,000.00, while also ordered to pay prosecution costs of $10,000.00.  On the horse charges, the accused was convicted and fined $1,500.00.* 
23 Jan 2019
CollingwoodCat (1)MelbourneThe accused was the owner of a young cat that was presented to the Animal Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Collingwood by a person who witnessed the accused throw the cat against a wall. The cat suffered severe head trauma and a broken tooth.  The cat was subsequently seized under a S24U and held by the RSPCA 9(1)f
9(1)i
Fined $1,000. 
31 Jan 2019Narre WarrenDog (1)DandenongThe accused was the owner and person in charge of a dog who was emaciated and needed vet care. The animal was seized and later surrendered.9(1)f
9(1)i
Ordered to pay costs of $834 and fined $1,000 with conviction. The accused was also disqualified from being in charge of any animal for five years.
31 Jan 2019Doveton

Dog (1)DandenongThe accused was a neighbour of a dog, and due to frustration with the dog’s barking he beat the dog and caused significant injuries. The dog was taken by the owners to a vet and treated.9(1)a Convicted, sentenced to a 18-month Community Corrections Order with 250 hours unpaid community work. Also ordered to pay $3,681 in compensation to the owner of the dog. 

 *This case is currently being appealed by the accused




   

Fined $1,000. 
Fined $1,000.