Investigations into cases of animal cruelty can take time as we need to gather the following:
- Relevant evidence.
- Interviews and statements from the suspect(s) and witness(es).
- Veterinary reports and post-mortem results.
- Information from other government agencies.
AVS/NParks investigates all alleged animal welfare and cruelty cases, including those on pet abandonment. Where necessary, we work with the relevant agencies and animal welfare groups on these cases. AVS/NParks takes enforcement action against anyone who has committed an act of animal cruelty. Any owner found guilty for failure in duty of care is liable to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or 12 months’ jail term for first convictions. Individuals who commit an act of animal cruelty are liable to a maximum fine of $15,000 and/or 18 months’ jail term for first conviction.