What powers do RSPCA inspectors have?
We, unlike the police, have no special powers to gather evidence. But we use the law to ensure any evidence gathered can be used in court. Once the investigation is complete, the file is submitted to our prosecutions team, who consider whether the case ought to be prosecuted.
What does an RSPCA inspector do on a daily basis?
Not only do inspectors enforce the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Regulations and associated Animal Welfare Codes of Practice, they also deliver education to the community through presentations and targeted animal welfare advice when working with individual animal owners who are the subject of animal cruelty …
What qualifications do you need to be a RSPCA inspector?
At least two good GCSEs, in English and preferably biology, although applicants usually have higher qualifications. Each year they get about 3,000 applications for 30 inspector vacancies. You must be physically fit, have experience of handling animals and no allergies to them.
Do RSPCA inspectors carry guns?
An officer of the R.S.P.C.A. has no special dispensation from the requirements of the Firearms Act, 1968. The 0.32 calibre Webley and Scott pistols are in the hands of only those inspectors to whom a firearms certificate has been issued.
How many RSPCA inspectors are there?
273 RSPCA Inspectors
We have frontline officers – including 273 RSPCA Inspectors and 90 Animal Rescue Officers (AROs) working to prevent cruelty and promote kindness to animals in England and Wales. Read more about our frontline staff and what we do. Our inspectors now investigate more than 185,957 incidents every year.
Why do RSPCA put dogs down?
An RSPCA spokesman said: ‘Euthanasia is always a last resort and only used to alleviate the suffering of an animal when there are no other options. We will always do whatever is possible to give that animal a second chance, through rehoming or release into the wild. ‘