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Serious Animal Cruelty is an offence under Section 530 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:
A 3 year maximum penalty applies where:
An ‘animal’ is defined as a mammal (other than a human), a bird or a reptile.
‘Serious act of cruelty’ includes using the animal as a lure for another animal or permitting a dog to kill or seriously injure the animal.
You were ‘reckless’ if you foresaw the possibility of severe pain being inflicted but went ahead with your actions regardless.
You are not criminally responsible if your conduct occurred:
Defences to the charge include:
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