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

 
13 Mar 2019  Dog (1) HeidelbergThe accused sold a puppy online without a microchip which was unfit for sale due to being highly deformed in both hind legs.12A(1) DAA
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The accused was convicted and fined $1,500. Also ordered to pay costs of $313.50 and disqualified for five years from being the person in charge of any animal. 
13 Mar 2019 ReservoirCat (1) HeidelbergThe accused was the owner of a cat, and was witnessed to hit the animal on a number of occasions. An admission was made and the cat was surrendered 9(1)aThe accused was convicted and fined $1,000, and ordered to complete a cat education course before they could be in charge of any animal.
14 Mar 2019Mickleham Horses (3) BroadmeadowsThe accused was the owner of three horses, all of which were emaciated, two with injuries and one recumbent. Two horses had to be euthanised, and after the accused failed to treat the third horse despite a Notice to Comply, the horse was seized with no claim made.9(1)f
9(1)f
The accused was convicted, fined $2,500 and ordered to pay costs of $433.50. 
14 Mar 2019 Glenroy Dogs (2) Broadmeadows The accused was the owner of two dogs, both in poor condition with no access to water or shelter. A Notice to Comply was issued and not followed, so both dogs were seized with no claim made.9(1)f
9(1)f
The accused was convicted, fined $2,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,981.77.
26 Mar 2019Pine Grove


Dogs (2)
Echuca The accused was the owner and person in charge of two dogs, both of which were emaciated and one was found deceased. Both dogs were seized and no claim made on the live dog. 10(1) The accused was convicted, fined $500 (to go to the court fund) and ordered to pay costs of $957. Also disqualified from owning a dog for three years.
 *This case is currently being appealed by the accused