Killing or Seriously Injuring Law Enforcement Animals is an offence under Section 531 of the Crimes Act 1900 which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison.
To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:
In the execution of the officer’s duties, or your conduct was a consequence of, or in retaliation for, the use of the animal by a law enforcement officer in the execution of the officer’s duties.
An ‘animal’ is a dog, horse or other mammal (other than a human being).
A ‘law enforcement officer’ is:
Defences to the charge include:
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