We understand how much is at stake
When it comes to animal prosecutions, we know how much is at stake. We also know how difficult it can be to stand alone against a professional body – especially as the RSPCA win thousands of neglect cases each year.
But you needn’t go through it alone. By seeking legal help, you’ll stand the best chance of winning your case and keeping your pet by your side. And at Slater Heelis, our solicitors are experienced in dealing with cases involving animals and will do all they can to make sure you succeed.
What do I do if the RSPCA visit?
If the RSPCA visit you, then it’s important to seek immediate legal advice. Not only that, but you must also ensure that you request an examination of your pet. Upon their arrival, you’re under no obligation to communicate with the officers or to answer any of their questions.
Why might the RSPCA visit?
The RSPCA or police may visit you if they suspect one of the following:
- Causing unnecessary suffering or permitting suffering to be caused to an animal
- Carrying out or causing a prohibited procedure on an animal
- Poisoning protected animals
- Involvement in the illegal use of animals such as dog fighting
- Animal neglect
What are my obligations to my animals?
It’s important to create a safe and secure environment for your pets to live in. Under the Animal Welfare Act of 2006, domesticated animals are subject to the following 5 needs and requirements:
- A suitable diet
- A suitable environment
- To be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
- To be protected from pain and suffering, injury and disease
- To be housed with, or apart from other animals
What are the penalties?
If you fail to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act of 2006, then you could be faced with a charge or penalty. Depending on the severity of the case, you will be subject to one of the following consequences:
- A fine
- Absolute or conditional discharge
- A community-based penalty
- A prison sentence
- Seizure or destruction of pet or pets
- Disqualification from keeping animals, for a lifetime or extended period of time
- Ordered to pay cost of RSPCA prosecution
- Unwanted media attention – this can be particularly damaging if the charges relate to running a business