Meet the RSPCA NSW Inspectorate and discover the laws that protect NSW animals. Home What we do Animal Welfare Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1979) What we do Adoptions Dogs and Puppies Cat and Kittens Pocket Pets Birds Livestock Exceptional Owners Veterinary Services RSPCA Sydney Veterinary Hospital RSPCA Hunter Veterinary Hospital (Rutherford) RSPCA Tighes Hills Veterinary Hospital RSPCA Broken Hill Veterinary Hospital Rescue and Rehabilitate Animal Ambulance Drives For Lives Behaviour Pet Rehabilitation Program Surrender Intervention Rescue Partners Lost and Found I’ve lost my pet I’ve found a pet Care for Animals Owning a Pet Costs Veterinary Care Adopting a New Pet Locating a Lost Pet Pets and Rental Properties Disaster Management Plans Enrichment The Chain Exchange Dog Care Dog Walking Guidelines Parvovirus in Dogs Barking Dog Training Tips and Videos Bathing and Grooming Identification Veterinary Care Housing Breeds Enrichment Nutrition Puppy Care Cat Care Kitten Care Identification Veterinary Care Keeping Wildlife Safe and Your Cat Happy Housing Breeds Bathing and Grooming Training Nutrition Pocket Pets Livestock Birds Housing Identification Veterinary Care Nutrition Bathing and Grooming Training Pet Hazards Toxic Plants for Pets Christmas Season Fireworks and Storms Heat Stress Snake Bites and Pets Bushfires and House Fires Droughts Education Primary OOSH Early Stage 1 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Secondary Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Tertiary School Holiday Program Community Groups Animal Ambassadors Professional Development for Teachers Family Fun Training ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies ACMMIC401 Implant Microchip in Cats and Dogs Basic Animal First Aid ACMGAS206 Provide Basic First Aid for Animals Introducing Your Pet to a New Baby Animal Welfare Our Inspectorate Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1979) Working in Communities Community Aged Care Program Community Domestic Violence Program Community Homelessness Program Volunteering for Community Programs Outreach Animal Assistance Programs Human Services Workshops Indigenous Community Companion Animal Health Program (ICCAHP) Youth Initiatives Home Ever After Community Branches and Programs Bushfire Response Disaster and Alerts Hot weather Fireworks and Storms Bushfires and House Fires Droughts RSPCA Pet Insurance HEA: Home Ever After Animal WelfareOur Inspectorate Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1979) Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1979) Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1979), RSPCA inspectors have the power to remove animals from owners who are cruel, neglectful or indifferent to their animals’ suffering. Inspectors investigate up to 15,000 complaints every year. Many of these complaints are dealt with on the spot by educating owners of their responsibility. The cruelty cases are referred to the courts for prosecution. RSPCA inspectors investigate complaints against all kinds of animals in all kinds of situations. The most common complaints are failure to provide adequate and proper food, shelter or veterinary treatment. Inspectors also investigate: abandoned animals animals not fed proper and sufficient food animals not provided with veterinary treatment acts of intentional cruelty and harm continually tethered animals (longer than 24 hours at a time) drought-stricken livestock hoarders – people with more animals than they can look after pet shops animal breeding facilities sale yards To learn more about the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 and what RSPCA NSW can legally investigate, please click here. POCTA FAQsWhat is the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1979), also referred to as POCTA? The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1979) is the legislation that governs animal welfare in NSW. Its objectives are: (a) to prevent cruelty to animals, (b) to promote the welfare of animals by requiring a person in charge of an animal (i) to provide care for the animal, (ii) to treat the animal in a humane manner (iii) to ensure the welfare of the animal 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. 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.