Criminal proceedings involving animal cruelty offences tend to attract considerable attention from both the media and the general community. To date, however, very little research has been published on the sentencing outcomes of those offences in Victoria, or in Australia generally.
This report aims to fill that gap by providing an overview of sentencing outcomes for animal cruelty offences heard in Victorian courts in the 10 years from 2008 to 2017 (inclusive), using data provided by courts and prosecuting agencies.
In doing so, this report includes an analysis of which animal cruelty offences people and corporations were sentenced for, the sentences that were imposed for those offences and who committed those offences. This report also identifies whether animal cruelty offenders were sentenced for other offences in the same case (co-sentenced offences), whether their offending occurred in the context of family violence and whether those offenders were sentenced for other offending in the four years before and after their sentence for animal cruelty (prior and subsequent offending).
State of Victoria, Sentencing Advisory Council 2019