Being cruel to an animal is a serious offence in Queensland. The offence, at its most serious, carries a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment and, more often than not, orders are made prohibiting people convicted of cruelty offences from owning or caring for animals for long periods of time. In some cases, in addition to any other penalty imposed, a court will order that a person convicted of a cruelty offence pay the costs of their own prosecution.
The definition of animal cruelty in Queensland extends beyond simply being violent, or intentionally causing injury, to an animal. It can also include things such as abandoning an animal or failing to provide treatment to an injury or illness even where that injury or illness is caused naturally.
The implications of a charge of animal cruelty are potentially serious and if you or a family member has been charged it is essential that you obtain dedicated legal representation at an early stage. Armstrong Legal’s team of experienced criminal lawyers stands ready to advise and assist you in that circumstance, so please contact us.