Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 No 200

Currency

As amended to Companion Animals and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (No 27). Sch 2 [1], [2] and [4]–[7] commenced 1 July 2019. Current to 1 July 2019.

Jurisdiction

Section 34(1): Proceedings for an offence against this Act or the regulations may be dealt with:

(a) 

summarily before the Local Court, or

(b) 

before the Supreme Court in its summary jurisdiction.

Section 34(2): The maximum pecuniary penalty that a magistrate may impose in the Local Court is 200 pu.

Time for commencement

Section 34(4): Proceedings for an offence against this Act or the regulations may be commenced not later than 12 months after the date alleged to be the date on which the offence was committed.

SECTION DESCRIPTION PENALTY (MAX)
5(1) Commit an act of cruelty upon an animal Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
5(2) Authorise an act of cruelty upon an animal Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
5(3) Person in charge of animal fail to exercise care etc to prevent act of cruelty Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
6(1) Commit act of aggravated cruelty upon an animal

Corp 200 pu*
[1000 pu];
Indiv 200 pu and/or 2 yrs

7(1) Authorise/carry/convey animal so as to inflict pain Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
7(2) Authorise/carry/convey horse on multi-deck vehicle Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
7(2A) Carry unrestrained dog on back of moving vehicle on street

50 pu and/or 6 mths

8(1) Fail to provide animal with sufficient drink, food, shelter Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
9(1) Fail to provide adequate exercise to condition animal Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
9(3) Fail to provide confined animal with adequate space for exercise Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
10(1) Unreasonable tethering Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
11(1) Abandon animal Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
12(1) Perform certain operations on animals Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
12A(1)–(3) Failure of veterinary surgeon to maintain prescribed register/for specified period/not produce

50 pu

13 Riding, etc animal unfit for such purpose Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
14 Driver of vehicle injuring animal fail to alleviate pain/fail to inform

50 pu and/or 6 mths

15(2) Administer/lay/possess poison etc to/for domestic animal

Corp 200 pu*
[1000 pu];
Indiv 200 pu and/or 2 yrs

16(2) Use electrical devices on animals; sale or possession of same Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
17 Possess spurs or implements designed for fighting Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
18(1), (2) Conduct a bull fight; baiting animals etc Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
18A Advertise/promote etc bull fight Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
19 Advertise, promote etc trap-shooting Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
19A(2) Use premises as game park Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
19A(3) Take or kill animal in game park Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
20 Advertise, promote etc animal-catching activities Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
21(1) Advertise, promote etc coursing

Corp 200 pu*
[1000 pu];
Indiv 200 pu and/or 2 yrs

21A Apply thermal stimulus to cause scar tissue to leg of animal Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
21B Cut tail of horse to make it carry tail high Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
21C Organise/participate in steeplechase/hurdle race Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
22(1) Buy, keep, sell etc severely injured animals Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
22(3) Fail to promptly destroy an animal purchased to destroy Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
23(1) Set trap of prescribed type in prohibited area Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
23(2) Set steel-jawed trap in NSW/possess with intent to use Corp 200 pu*
[250 pu];
Indiv 50 pu and/or 6 mths
23A(1) Fail to provide microchip, breeder or rehousing organisation number when dog or cat is sold or given away 50 pu
23A(2) Providing false microchip, breeder or rehousing organisation number when dog or cat is sold or given away 50 pu
24A(2) Fail to provide personal particulars on reasonable demand

25 pu

24B(1) Responsible person/any other person, fail to provide information re identity of driver on demand

20 pu

24G(3) Fail to comply with direction of inspector to produce any register re use of commercial land

25 pu

24H Fail to comply with direction of police officer to facilitate inspection of vehicle or vessel

25 pu

24N(2) Fail to comply with notice issued by inspector under s 24N 25 pu
24NA(2), (3) A person must not fail to comply with a requirement to answer questions or furnish false or misleading information 25 pu
28 Hinder/obstruct person exercising authority under Act

50 pu

28A Impersonate an authorised officer

100 pu and/or 6 mths

29(2) Fail to comply with summons to produce animal to court

25 pu

29A Authorise/make false/misleading entry in register

50 pu

29B(2) Provide false/misleading information to officer

50 pu

31(3)

Fail to comply with court order regarding disposal/possession of animal

25 pu

33B(1), (2) Person in charge of animal owner/occupier permit/not prevent offence

Max penalty for offence under Act:
200 pu

35(3) Regulations may create offences

Offence re animal trades or confinement/use of laying fowl
(domesticated chickens) for commercial egg production

Other

 

Corp 200 pu;
Indiv 50 pu

25 pu

Orders

29(1) Magistrate may issue a summons to produce an animal upon a complaint made on oath by officer
30(1)(c), (d) Court may order animal to be destroyed and defendant to pay costs of destruction
30A(1) Court may order payment of certain other costs
31 Court may make order relating to convicted persons
33 Court may issue alternative summons where person charged acted at direction of another

Search warrants

24(F)(4) Div Pt 5 of the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 applies to warrants issued under this section.
*

Maximum penalty in the Local Court: s 34(2).

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation 2012

Currency

As amended to Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment (Penalty Notice Offences) Regulation 2019 (No 128). Commenced 1 July 2019. Current to 1 July 2019.

CLAUSE DESCRIPTION PENALTY (MAX)
5–17 Offences re confinement of laying fowls in cages Corp 200 pu;
Indiv 50 pu
18 Fail to ensure daily inspection of laying fowl Corp 200 pu;
Indiv 50 pu
26(1) Person conducting animal trade fail to comply with requirements of section Corp 200 pu;
Indiv 50 pu
26(2) Employee in animal trade fail comply with requirements of section 50 pu