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The most common complaints are failure to provide adequate and proper food, shelter or veterinary treatment. Inspectors also investigate:abandoned animalsanimals not fed proper and sufficient foodanimals not provided with veterinary treatmentacts of intentional cruelty and harmcontinually tethered animals (longer than 24 hours at a time)drought-stricken livestockhoarders – people with more animals than they can look afterpet shopsanimal breeding facilitiessale yardsInspectorate FAQsHow 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.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.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.What 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.