Cruelty complaints

Cruelty complaints

Cruelty complaints

Separate to the RSPCA’s adoption and advocacy work, the RSPCA’s 98 Inspectors are authorised by the various state/territory governments to enforce animal welfare legislation (except in the NT, where enforcement is the sole responsibility of the Northern Territory Government).
 
In 2015-16, RSPCA Inspectors investigated 62,714 complaints of cruelty reported by members of the public, the majority of which were in relation to dog, cat, horse and livestock welfare. This is an increase of 1,905 from the previous year. In addition, RSPCA Inspectors revisited 8,174 complaints/incidents.
 
This year, the RSPCA laid 1,963 charges and finalised 259 prosecutions of which 250 were successful.