In NSW it is an offence to commit an act of cruelty upon an animal. A person who is responsible for the care of an animal must:
- Exercise reasonable care, control and supervision of the animal to prevent cruelty against the animal;
- Take reasonable steps to alleviate any pain inflicted upon the animal; and
- Provide the animal with required veterinary treatment.
A failure to take the above measures, can result in prosecution by the RSPCA. If a person charged with this offence is found guilty, they can be fined and/or imprisoned. The penalties are higher if a person is convicted of aggravated cruelty.
If you are being investigated for animal cruelty, you may wish to contact our office and arrange an appointment to see one of Animal Law & Pets Law Solicitors in our Sydney office.
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