RSPCA Victoria investigators have seized nine kittens from a property in Ballarat following several tip-offs about alleged illegal animal rearing and animal cruelty matters.

The individuals who were the subject of two warrants are previously convicted illegal kitten rearers who are allegedly continuing to rear kittens despite a previous court ordered ban.

The maximum penalty for operating an unregistered domestic animal business is up to $29,805 for individuals and $109,044 for body corporates.

Lisa Calleja, Major Investigations Team Leader, RSPCA Victoria, said the members of the public provided crucial evidence that allowed RSPCA Victoria to investigate.

“We rely on members of the public to provide tip-offs and information, so we’re grateful to those who contacted RSPCA and provided information, which proved crucial to investigating this case,” she said.

“We were able to act quickly and secure these warrants based on the information provided to us, and the execution of these warrants today has resulted in the seizure of nine kittens from the property.

“RSPCA Victoria has previously prosecuted the alleged offenders on several occasions, and they are currently prohibited from operating a domestic animal business.”

Any other members of the public who may have information about any individuals who may be illegally selling or rearing animals, particularly in circumstances where those animals present as ill, are urged to contact RSPCA Victoria directly as soon as possible.