RSPCA Victoria has received multiple reports relating to a dog who was allegedly kicked at a protest in Melbourne’s central business district yesterday and is currently investigating the matter.
RSPCA Victoria Chief Inspector Michael Stagg confirmed RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate is currently investigating the case as a priority.
“Animal cruelty is never acceptable under any circumstances and RSPCA Victoria considers all cases of animal cruelty high priority.
“It was disturbing to see the footage which appeared to show intentional cruelty inflicted on a defenceless animal. I assure the Victorian community that RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate is investigating this alleged case of cruelty with the intention of holding the perpetrator accountable to the full extent of the law.
There is no excuse for any animal to be subjected to abuse and we want to send the strong message that we will continue to hold people to account for such behaviour” Chief Inspector Stagg said.
Under Section 9 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (POCTAA), it is illegal to abuse, beat, worry, torment or terrify an animal and anyone found guilty of this offence is liable for a maximum penalty of $45,435 or 12 months’ imprisonment.
RSPCA Victoria receives more than 10,000 cruelty reports annually and investigates each individual report.
RSPCA Victoria is committed to ending cruelty to animals, including all cases of intentional animal abuse.
Anyone with information relating to this case is encouraged to make a report to RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate.
RSPCA Victoria relies on the local community to assist with investigations by providing information and even the smallest detail can assist. Anyone who is knowledge or information relating to animal cruelty is encouraged to contact RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate via www.rspcavic.org/report or by calling 03 9224 2222