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When to Report Animal Cruelty

Just last year the RSPCA received a total of 60,809 instances of cruelty complaints Australia-wide.

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While most people who own or interact with animals treat them humanely, there are instances where this is not the case and an investigation is required to identify whether a breach of the legislation has occurred.

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The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act commenced in NSW in 1979. The objects of the Act are to prevent cruelty to animals, and to promote the welfare of animals by requiring a person in charge of an animal to provide care for the animal, to treat the animal in a humane manner, and to ensure the welfare of the animal.

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The following is a list of examples of acts that could be the subject of a cruelty complaint:

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  • animals in immediate danger of death or harm (e.g. locked in a car on a warm day)
  • animals that are hurt or abused
  • neglected or abandoned animals
  • animals suffering from untreated injury or disease
  • animals that are not receiving adequate food, water and/or shelter
  • animals that are being used in illegal activity (e.g. dog fighting or cock fighting)
  • animals that have been deliberately poisoned (other than for the control of declared pests)

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Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list.

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If you suspect or witness cruelty to an animal, you should directly contact one of the following enforcement agencies: RSPCA, Animal Welfare League NSW or NSW police.

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Report a cruelty case with the RSPCA here

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