RSPCA Tasmania said they received thousands of reports of animal cruelty each year, but only a handful usually reach the state’s courts.
The organisation has investigated 1,903 allegations and conducted over 3,500 site visits this year.
“RSPCA Animal Welfare Officers will always assist animal owners or carer givers where they can,” said in a statement.
“Sadly, however, there are times when further enforcement action is necessary, or surrender of the animal is the best outcome for the owner and pet.”
Throughout the year, the officers took proactive measures by issuing 113 notices, sending 65 warning letters, serving one infringement notice, and laying 84 charges against seven defendants.
During these prosecutions, nine cases were successfully finalised, some of which had been in progress for extended periods.
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