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Penalty for Serious Animal Cruelty | Section 530 Crimes Act NSW

The maximum penalty for the offence of “serious animal cruelty” is 5 years in prison.

According to the Judicial Commission of NSW, the actual penalties imposed for the offence are as follows:

  • Prison: 44.44%
  • Community Correction Order: 33.33%
  • Intensive Correction Order: 11.11%
  • Conditional Release Order with Conviction: 5.56%
  • Conditional Release Order without Conviction: 5.56%%

The average prison sentence for the offence is 18 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 11 months in prison.

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