Inspectorate

RSPCA Tasmania’s Inspectors protect by investigating cruelty reports

Our Inspectors are Authorised Officers under the Animal Welfare Act 1993 and the Cat Management Act 2009.

The Animal Welfare Act 1993 has provision for the development of guidelines, which are used for education and regulations which are standards for animal welfare, such as the Animal Welfare (Dog) Regulations 2016.

The role of the Inspectors is two-fold, to respond to an average 2000 cruelty reports each year. Every report to our cruelty hotline is investigated.

The outcome of these investigations is varied and includes, no action being required, the provision of advice, issuing of legal instructions, an on the spot fine in the form of an infridgment notice, or charges being laid and a summons to appear in Court.

The Second role of our Inspectors is to  conduct random inspections of premises or locations where companion animals are kept for commercial purposes, for example, pet shops, breeders, animal shelters and boarding kennels.

An Authorised Officer, including our inspectors, are required to work within the boundaries of the legislation under which they are authorised.

The powers of Officers include entry and search of premises where an officer has reasonable belief that an offence has, is or will be committed against an animal.

Officers can only legally remove an animal from a premise via a legal seizure. The seizure of animal occurs where the officer considers that the animal’s life is in danger or any pain and suffering will be unreasonable prolonged. On a guilty conviction RSPCA can apply to the court for ownership of an animal. Inspectors will always attempt to work in conjunction with owners of animals to improve the animal’s welfare conditions, utilising prosecution as a last resort.

All reports to our Animal Cruelty Hotline are confidential. The images shown throughout our court results page show the effectiveness of our inspectorate, and how donations to RPSCA Tasmania can help our team continue their important work protecting Tasmanian animals.

Please report suspected animal cruelty

Animal cruelty complaints*

DATA has revealed the hot spots for animal cruelty in Tasmania, with a major centre on Tasmania’s North-West Coast having the most reports.

There were 72 reports of animal cruelty made to RSPCA Tasmania in Devonport during 2019-20, five more than Glenorchy which was the second-highest.

Other suburbs in the top five included Ravenswood (66), Claremont (54) and New Norfolk (42).

Ulverstone, Bridgewater, Invermay, East Devonport and Deloraine rounded out the top 10.

Thousands of reports of animal cruelty are received by RSPCA Tasmania each year, but only a handful usually reach the state’s courts.

From the most serious cases of neglect or abuse, to pets being left unattended for short periods in hot cars, the organisation receives an average of about six calls each day.

In the 2019-20 financial year, there were 2171 calls to the RSPCA’s hotline, with dogs, puppies and horses the basis of most of them.

RSPCA Tasmania chief executive Jan Davis said not all of them were found to have substance, but many instances of neglect affected her emotionally.

“A lot of them upset me”, she said.

“There is nobody who can honestly say they don’t know it is wrong to treat an animal cruelly. There’s no excuse.”

* Source: https://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/tassies-worst-cases-of-animal-cruelty-as-rspca-tasmania-data-reveals-suburbs-with-most-complaints/news-story/fa43e776b13a7bb50c6a1610739e6650

A heat map of reported incidents of animal cruelty across Tasmania in 2019-20.

Sixteen people were charged with animal cruelty offences in 2019-20, with 169 instruction notices, three infringement notices and 1299 warnings issued.

Most reports progressed in some way, with the RSPCA taking an educative approach to animal owners in the first instance.

But Ms Davis said the ones that do proceed to court were the most serious.

“The ones that do progress to court, and fortunately we don’t have that many of them, are always upsetting to see a critter that can’t not only speak for itself but it can’t look after itself being harmed by someone who should know better”, she said.

Animal cruelty complaints by suburb 2019/20

Suburb

Postcode

Cruelty Complaints

DEVONPORT

7310

72

GLENORCHY

7010

67

RAVENSWOOD

7250

66

CLAREMONT

7011

54

NEW NORFOLK

7140

42

ULVERSTONE

7315

39

BRIDGEWATER

7030

37

INVERMAY

7248

33

EAST DEVONPORT

7310

31

DELORAINE

7304

31

NEWNHAM

7248

29

ROKEBY

7019

29

HOBART

7000

28

SHOREWELL PARK

7320

28

SHEFFIELD

7306

26

WAVERLEY

7250

25

BURNIE

7320

24

GEORGE TOWN

7253

24

BRIGHTON

7030

23

PERTH

7300

23

LAUNCESTON

7250

22

LONGFORD

7301

22

GAGEBROOK

7030

21

WYNYARD

7325

20

LUTANA

7009

19

WESTBURY

7303

19

HUONVILLE

7109

18

MOONAH

7009

18

OATLANDS

7120

18

KINGSTON

7050

17

SORELL

7172

17

GEEVESTON

7116

16

HADSPEN

7290

15

MARGATE

7054

15

ZEEHAN

7469

15

CLARENDON VALE

7019

14

MOWBRAY

7248

14

BERRIEDALE

7011

13

LATROBE

7307

13

RIVERSIDE

7250

13

ROCHERLEA

7248

13

BEACONSFIELD

7270

12

CAMPANIA

7026

12

KINGS MEADOWS

7249

12

MANGALORE

7030

12

PENGUIN

7316

12

WARRANE

7018

12

CHIGWELL

7011

11

NEWSTEAD

7250

11

SCOTTSDALE

7260

11

ST LEONARDS

7250

11

WEST MOONAH

7009

10

FINGAL

7214

10

FORTH

7310

10

GOODWOOD

7010

10

HERDSMANS COVE

7030

10

ACTON PARK

7170

9

LAUDERDALE

7021

9

MORNINGTON

7018

9

NEW TOWN

7008

9

PENNA

7171

9

RISDON VALE

7016

9

SOUTH HOBART

7004

9

SPREYTON

7310

9

TRIABUNNA

7190

9

BLACKMANS BAY

7052

8

CAMBRIDGE

7170

8

MAYFIELD

7248

8

SANDY BAY

7005

8

SOMERSET

7322

8

SUMMERHILL

7250

8

WINNALEAH

7265

8

YOUNGTOWN

7249

8

ACTON

7320

7

BAGDAD

7030

7

BEAUTY POINT

7270

7

BELLERIVE

7018

7

BEULAH

7306

7

CYGNET

7112

7

HOWRAH

7018

7

LINDISFARNE

7015

7

RAILTON

7305

7

RIDGLEY

7321

7

SMITHTON

7330

7

WEST HOBART

7000

7

WOODBRIDGE

7162

7

South Burnie

7320

6

ACACIA HILLS

7306

6

COLLINSVALE

7012

6

COOEE

7320

6

DODGES FERRY

7173

6

EVANDALE

7212

6

FRANKLIN

7113

6

GLENGARRY

7275

6

GRANTON

7030

6

LACHLAN

7140

6

MONTELLO

7320

6

PORT SORELL

7307

6

PROSPECT

7250

6

RINGAROOMA

7263

6

TULLAH

7321

6

ALLENS RIVULET

7150

5

AVOCA

7213

5

BOTHWELL

7030

5

BROOKLYN

7320

5

DROMEDARY

7030

5

EXTON

7303

5

LENAH VALLEY

7008

5

MAGRA

7140

5

MIDWAY POINT

7171

5

OLD BEACH

7017

5

PARATTAH

7120

5

QUEENSTOWN

7467

5

RIANA

7316

5

RICHMOND

7025

5

SASSAFRAS

7307

5

SOUTH LAUNCESTON

7249

5

TEA TREE

7017

5

TUNNACK

7120

5

UPPER BURNIE

7320

5

WESLEY VALE

7307

5

WESTERWAY

7140

5

WIVENHOE

7320

5

BICHENO

7215

4

BIRRALEE

7303

4

CAMPBELL TOWN

7210

4

CARLTON

7173

4

CARRICK

7291

4

COLEBROOK

7027

4

CRESSY

7302

4

DEVIOT

7275

4

EAST LAUNCESTON

7250

4

GEILSTON BAY

7015

4

GEILSTON BAY

7015

4

GLEN HUON

7109

4

HAVENVIEW

7320

4

HIGHCLERE

7321

4

HILLWOOD

7252

4

HOLWELL

7275

4

KAYENA

7270

4

KETTERING

7155

4

KINGSTON BEACH

7050

4

LEVENDALE

7120

4

MOLESWORTH

7140

4

MOORLEAH

7325

4

NATIONAL PARK

7140

4

RANELAGH

7109

4

RELBIA

7258

4

ROMAINE

7320

4

SANDFORD

7020

4

SCAMANDER

7215

4

SIDMOUTH

7270

4

STOWPORT

7321

4

SWAN POINT

7275

4

SWANSEA

7190

4

TUNBRIDGE

7120

4

TURNERS MARSH

7267

4

TURNERS MARSH

7267

4

AUSTINS FERRY

7011

3

BRACKNELL

7302

3

BRANXHOLM

7261

3

BREADALBANE

7258

3

BRIDPORT

7262

3

CRADOC

7109

3

DEDDINGTON

7212

3

DEVON HILLS

7300

3

DOVER

7117

3

ELDERSLIE

7030

3

ELLENDALE

7140

3

EXETER

7275

3

GUNNS PLAINS

7315

3

HAGLEY

7292

3

HAMILTON

7140

3

HUNTINGFIELD

7055

3

LEGANA

7277

3

MEANDER

7304

3

MOLE CREEK

7304

3

MONTROSE

7010

3

MOUNT DIRECTION

7252

3

MOUNT NELSON

7007

3

NUBEENA

7184

3

PALOONA

7310

3

PROSPECT VALE

7250

3

PYENGANA

7216

3

QUEENS DOMAIN

7000

3

REDPA

7330

3

ROSNY PARK

7018

3

SANDFLY

7150

3

SEVEN MILE BEACH

7170

3

TREVALLYN

7250

3

TUNNEL

7254

3

WARATAH

7321

3

WEST LAUNCESTON

7250

3

SMITHTON

7330

2

ABERDEEN

7310

2

BLACKSTONE HEIGHTS

7250

2

CALDER

7325

2

CAVESIDE

7304

2

CUPRONA

7316

2

DERWENT PARK

7009

2

DON

7310

2

DUNALLEY

7177

2

DYNNYRNE

7005

2

DYSART

7030

2

EPPING FOREST

7211

2

EUGENANA

7310

2

GARDNERS BAY

7112

2

GRINDELWALD

7277

2

GROVE

7109

2

HAMPSHIRE

7321

2

HAYES

7140

2

HEYBRIDGE

7316

2

KEMPTON

7030

2

KINDRED

7310

2

LEBRINA

7254

2

LEFROY

7252

2

LEGERWOOD

7263

2

LEITH

7315

2

LITTLE SWANPORT

7190

2

LUCASTON

7109

2

MAWBANNA

7321

2

MIANDETTA

7310

2

MONTANA

7304

2

MORIARTY

7307

2

NATONE

7321

2

NORTH HOBART

7000

2

NORTH MOTTON

7315

2

NORWOOD

7250

2

OAKDOWNS

7019

2

ORIELTON

7172

2

OUSE

7140

2

PAWLEENA

7172

2

PELVERATA

7150

2

PIPERS RIVER

7252

2

PONTVILLE

7030

2

PORT HUON

7116

2

POWRANNA

7300

2

ROCHES BEACH

7170

2

ROSEBERY

7470

2

ROSETTA

7010

2

ROSNY

7018

2

RUNNYMEDE

7190

2

SALTWATER RIVER

7186

2

SISTERS BEACH

7321

2

SOUTHPORT

7109

2

ST HELENS

7216

2

ST MARYS

7215

2

STANLEY

7331

2

SULPHUR CREEK

7316

2

THIRLSTANE

7307

2

TOGARI

7330

2

TROWUTTA

7330

2

UNDERWOOD

7268

2

WEST PINE

7316

2

WESTERN JUNCTION

7212

2

WHITEMORE

7303

2

WINDERMERE

7252

2

WINKLEIGH

7275

2

YOLLA

7325

2

KINGSTON

7051

1

PROMISED LAND

7306

1

BARRINGTON

7306

1

BLACK HILLS

7140

1

BLACKWALL

7275

1

BLACKWOOD CREEK

7301

1

BONNET HILL

7053

1

BRUNY ISLAND

7150

1

CASTLE FORBES BAY

7116

1

CHUDLEIGH

7304

1

CLARENCE POINT

7270

1

CLAUDE ROAD

7306

1

CONNINGHAM

7054

1

COPPING

7174

1

CORNWALL

7215

1

CREMORNE

7024

1

CURRIE

7256

1

DOUGLAS RIVER

7215

1

DOWSING POINT

7010

1

DULCOT

7025

1

EDITH CREEK

7330

1

ELECTRONA

7054

1

ELIZABETH TOWN

7304

1

FENTONBURY

7140

1

FORCETT

7173

1

FOUR MILE CREEK

7215

1

FRANKFORD

7275

1

GAWLER

7315

1

GLADSTONE

7264

1

GLENDEVIE

7109

1

GOLDEN VALLEY

7304

1

GORDON

7150

1

GRASSTREE HILL

7017

1

GRAVELLY BEACH

7275

1

GRETNA

7140

1

HARFORD

7307

1

HAWLEY BEACH

7307

1

HIGHCROFT

7183

1

HILLCREST

7320

1

HOLLOW TREE

7140

1

HOWDEN

7054

1

IRISHTOWN

7330

1

JUDBURY

7109

1

KAROOLA

7267

1

KELLEVIE

7176

1

LACKRANA

7255

1

LAKE LEAKE

7210

1

LESLIE VALE

7054

1

LIFFEY

7301

1

LILEAH

7330

1

LILYDALE

7268

1

LONGLEY

7150

1

LOWER LONGLEY

7109

1

LYMINGTON

7109

1

MALBINA

7140

1

MEMANA

7255

1

MENGHA

7330

1

MILABENA

7325

1

MONTAGU

7330

1

MONTAGU BAY

7018

1

MONTAGU BAY

7018

1

NEIKA

7054

1

NICHOLLS RIVULET

7112

1

NILE

7212

1

NOOK

7306

1

NORTH LILYDALE

7268

1

NOTLEY HILLS

7275

1

NUNAMARA

7259

1

OSTERLEY

7140

1

POLICE POINT

7116

1

PRIMROSE SANDS

7173

1

QUOIBA

7310

1

RED HILLS

7304

1

ROCKY CAPE

7321

1

ROSE BAY

7015

1

ROSEGARLAND

7140

1

ROWELLA

7270

1

SELBOURNE

7292

1

SHEARWATER

7307

1

SOUTH RIANA

7316

1

SPALFORD

7315

1

SPRENT

7315

1

STAVERTON

7306

1

STIEGLITZ

7216

1

STONEHENGE

7120

1

STOODLEY

7306

1

STRAHAN

7468

1

STRATHBLANE

7109

1

SURGES BAY

7116

1

TAKONE

7325

1

TAROONA

7053

1

TAYENE

7259

1

TRANMERE

7018

1

TURNERS BEACH

7315

1

WATERHOUSE

7262

1

WATTLE HILL

7172

1

WESTERN CREEK

7304

1

WESTWOOD

7292

1

WHITE HILLS

7258

1

WILMOT

7310

1

WOODSDALE

7120

1

OTAGO

7017

0

Animals through the administration of Tasmania’s Animal Welfare Legislation and if necessary the laying of animal cruelty charges.

People about the care of animals.

For more effective laws, through the media, animal welfare committees and the directly lobbying politicians.

All Inspectors have obtained a minimum of a Cert IV in Government (Investigation)
The RSPCA Tasmanian Inspectorate is committed to ensuring good animal welfare throughout Tasmania, as it has done since 1878.

Our Team

The Tasmanian Inspectorate has six dedicated staff, in the following locations

Hobart

2 Inspectors

Launceston

2 Inspectors

Devonport

1 Inspector &

Prosecutions Manager

The State-Wide Prosecutor

Represents the Inspectorate in Court when people suspected of breaching the legislation are summoned.

The team has a variety of backgrounds and experiences including,

  • Working as Inspectors at RSPCA member societies in other states or countries

  • Vet nursing

  • Lawyer

  • Wildlife

  • Enforcement and compliance work

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