Section 503 Crimes Act 1900 | Stealing Dogs


The Crimes Act contains a range of larceny offences which apply in specific situations.

Larceny essentially refers to stealing or theft – that is, the taking of another person’s property without any intention of returning it.

Under section 503 of the Crimes Act, there is a specific offence which relates to stealing dogs.

It says that a person who steals a dog may face a maximum penalty of 6 months imprisonment and/or a fine of $550.

However, it’s important to bear in mind that this penalty is the absolute maximum that can be imposed by the courts, and it will only apply in the most serious cases.

Our lawyers regularly appear in serious larceny matters and can advise you of your options when it comes to fighting these types of charges.

We will fight hard to secure a positive outcome in your case so that you avoid a lengthy prison sentence.

The Legislation

503 Stealing dogs

Whosoever steals any dog shall, on conviction by the Local Court, be liable to imprisonment for six months, or to pay a fine of 5 penalty units, or both.


Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers®?

Being charged with a larceny offence such as ‘steal dog’ can have a negative impact on your life and future.

While the penalties that apply in these types of cases are not necessarily heavy, they still have the potential to result in a criminal record, which can impact your career and travel plans.

It’s therefore important to make sure that you have Sydney’s best criminal lawyers on your side.

Our lawyers frequently appear in all types of larceny cases in courts around Australia and are equipped with the specialist knowledge and experience necessary to win your ‘steal dog’ case.

In every case, our lawyers push to have the charges dropped at an early stage by identifying problems with the prosecution case.

By dedicating the time to identify these issues early on, we often spare our clients the time and expense of a defended hearing.

However, should the prosecution refuse to drop the charges, rest assured that our highly skilled advocates will give you the best possible representation in court by presenting all favourable evidence in a compelling manner and carefully examining all witnesses.

We can also assist you in achieving a positive result in your matter by identifying and raising any possible defences.

Should you simply wish to accept the charges against you and plead guilty, our lawyers will draft and present persuasive sentencing submissions which emphasise the need for a lenient penalty.

Our lawyers are highly skilled at delivering these types of submissions and consistently achieve outstanding results which are unparalleled by any other law firm.

So, for the best result in your ‘steal dog’ case, call us now on (02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first meeting with one of our experienced lawyers.