RSPCA WA Inspectorate is authorised to protect animals from cruelty and neglect by enforcing the existing law within the framework of the Animal Welfare Act 2002. The role of the RSPCA is to bring these cases to court for consideration by a magistrate. As with any crime, it is the judicial system that decides the penalty they believe is suitable for the crime, based upon the facts presented.

The maximum penalties for animal cruelty, prescribed under Section 19 of the Animal Welfare Act 2002 in WA include a maximum jail sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $50,000. The magistrate may also order an offender to reimburse legal, veterinary care or other costs, and may also apply a prohibition from owning, being in control of, or having any contact with animals for a period of time.

Read the Animal Welfare Act 2002