Report a case of animal cruelty online or call 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589).Home Contact Report Animal CrueltyReport Animal CrueltyRSPCA inspectors investigate complaints against all kinds of animals in all kinds of situations. The most common complaints are in relation to the failure to provide adequate food, veterinary treatment or adequate shelter.To investigate a complaint in NSW, RSPCA inspectors require reasonable grounds to suspect that an animal cruelty offence has been committed. It is essential that you provide contact details so they can confirm the facts and gather more information.Your contact details remain strictly confidential and are protected in accordance with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act.If you have seen something online and do not have all the information, please email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide as much information as possible (including links, screenshots and details of people involved), so we can assist you further.Report Cruelty OnlineYour DetailsAll personal details we receive are kept confidential and never shared with the person of interest. If you have any further questions about your privacy, please contact our team on 02 9770 7555 and we can assist you further.Full Name:* Mr.Mrs.MissMs.Dr.Prof.Rev. Title First Name Last Name Phone Number:*We may contact you by phoneEmail:* email@example.comYour Address:* Unit/House Number Street Name Suburb State Post Code Incident DetailsThis set of questions will help us gather all the specific information required so our inspectors can investigate your complaint. Please provide as much detail as possible, so we can get a deep understanding of the situation.Did you personally witness this incident?*YesNoThank you for looking out for animals in need. Unfortunately, RSPCA NSW can legally only investigate reports of animal cruelty that have been witnessed first hand. If you have seen something online and do not have all the information, please email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide as much information as possible (including links, screenshots and details of people involved). If you wish to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team on 1300 278 3589.Incident Location:* Unit/House Number Street Name Suburb State Post Code Nearest Intersection:*Directions to Property:Date of Incident:* Date Format: DD dash MM dash YYYY Approximate Time of Incident:* : Hour Minutes AMPM Condition of AnimalType of Animal:*BirdCatCattleDogFowlGoatGuinea PigHorseKangarooKittenLivestockMarine AnimalPuppyReptileRodentSheepWildlifeOtherNumber of animals affected:*Please enter a number from 1 to 9999.Animal description (ie. size, colour/markings, breed etc.)*Is the animal likely to be aggressive or dangerous?*YesNoUnsureDoes the animal have shelter?*YesNoUnknownAre there other animals on the property?*YesNoUnknownPlease provide further details:*Are the animals bony prominences, ribs, hips or spine visible?*YesNoUnknownDoes the animal have any food?*YesNoUnknownDoes the animal have any water?*YesNoUnknownIs the animal injured?*YesNoPlease describe injuries further and how long they have been going on:*Does the animal require urgent attention?*YesNoPlease phone us immediately on 1300 278 3589. You can also contact your local police station for assistance.Nature of ComplaintPlease state what you observed:*How long has this been going on?*Please state how often this takes place:* Person ResponsibleThis set of questions gives our inspectors more information about the person responsible and what they should be prepared for e.g. weapons on site, violence, persons under the influence of drugs etc. This information is vital to help keep our inspectors safe.Full Name:* Mr.Mrs.MissMs.Dr.Prof.Rev. Title First Name Last Name Address of Person Responsible (if different to location of incident): Unit/House Number Street Name Suburb State Post Code Do you know the person responsible?*YesNoHow do you know the person responsible?*Is anyone at the address likely to be verbally abusive or violent?*YesNoUnknownPlease describe further (ie. is known to police, has weapons etc.)*Person responsible's vehicle type and registration number:Name of the animals owner if different from person responsible: SubmitPlease attach any photos or videos of the incident. Drop files here or Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, doc, docx.Maximum file size 15MB. Allowed: JPEG, JPG, PNG, PDF, DOCIs there anything else that we should know? This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms. Report Cruelty by Phone (Emergency)1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589) (02) 9770 7555or your local police immediately.RSPCA PoliciesLegislationPrevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1979)Report Cruelty FAQsWhat happens after an animal is seized by an inspector?When animal cruelty offences or breaches of the animal welfare codes of practice are detected, inspectors may seize animals and items connected with offences. As part of the investigation into alleged animal welfare or cruelty offences, our inspectors will offer an alleged offender an opportunity to participate in a record of interview. At the completion of an investigation, the matter will be reviewed and depending on the nature, duration, significance and ongoing impacts of the alleged offending there are a number of possible outcomes.An alleged offender could be:Served with court attendance notice/s requiring them to attend court and face criminal charges.Issued with fine/s or Penalty Infringement Notice/s for the alleged offence.Issued with a formal caution.Or no action could be takenAnimals seized by RSPCA NSW inspectors in connection with alleged animal cruelty offences, may be held in RSPCA care until court proceedings are finalised.When an animal cruelty offender is convicted by a Local Court, RSPCA NSW can seek the costs associated with the care of the animal/s.We can also seek an order from the Court awarding custody of the animals to RSPCA NSW and further orders requiring convicted people with animals to rehome animals in their care. This can also include prohibition from purchasing, acquiring or having any animals under their care,control or supervision for specific periods of time.What should I do if I witness animal cruelty?If you witness any animal cruelty or an emergency involving an animal, please contact RSPCA NSW straight away. The animal emergency hotline number is 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589).Animal cruelty can also be reported online here.How do inspectors prioritise jobs?There are 3 different categories that a job can be placed under: urgent, ASAP or routine.Urgent jobs are where animals have suffered serious physical injury. They may have been attacked by people or other animals, may require urgent veterinary treatment or are in imminent danger or are exposed to a life threatening situation. RSPCA NSW inspectors will either attend or make arrangements for another agency (such as the police) to attend or take action within 24 hours of the complaint having been received.ASAP complaints are viewed as serious but not life threatening, and inspectors will endeavour to attend or take appropriate action within 48 hours of the complaint being received. For example, animals in very poor body condition, not receiving proper and sufficient food or requiring veterinary treatment for non-life threatening conditions such as skin conditions and ear infections would be classified as ASAP.Routine jobs will be attended to when the Urgent and ASAP complaints have been managed or attended to. Dogs in small enclosures, continually tethered or not receiving exercise are examples of routine matters. Inspections of pet shops, animal breeding facilities would be classified as routine complaints as well as Investigations into historic animal cruelty offences where no animals are currently at risk.How many RSPCA inspectors are there in NSW?There are 32 inspectors in NSW which consist of the Chief Inspector, a Deputy Chief Inspector, 4 team leaders, 7 north regional inspectors, 7 south regional inspectors and 12 Sydney metropolitan inspectors.Do RSPCA NSW inspectors have any other roles in addition to enforcing the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act?Not only do inspectors enforce the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Regulations and associated Animal Welfare Codes of Practice, they also deliver education to the community through presentations and targeted animal welfare advice when working with individual animal owners who are the subject of animal cruelty complaints. Where possible, our inspectors will work with animal owners to improve the welfare of animals in their care. We also sit on advisory committees, perform animal rescues and assist other agencies such as Department of Primary Industries, National Parks, Police, Local Councils etc.Can an inspector go onto private property? The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act does authorise inspectors to enter land to examine animals if there are reasonable grounds to suspect an offence is, has or is going to be committed with respect to an animal.With respect to a dwelling, an inspector can enter, with the consent of the occupier of the dwelling,the authority of a search warrant or if the inspector has reasonable grounds to believe that an animal has suffered significant physical injury, is in imminent danger of suffering significant physical injury or has a life threatening condition that requires immediate veterinary treatment.This is why we require you to provide your name, address and contact details when lodging complaints of alleged animal cruelty.Choose a service you would like to find out moreSheltersCare CentresBranches and Support TeamsSend an Enquiry ×Thank you for reporting animal cruelty. If we need any further details about your report, we may contact you via phone or email.