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RSPCA defends dog claims

German Shepherd

The RSPCA is renewing calls for an overhaul of Tasmania's animal welfare laws, its CEO claiming the society's hands were tied in a recent shocking cruelty case in Hobart.

Distressed members of the public phoned police on Tuesday after seeing a german shepherd hanging from its lead from a Sandy Bay apartment building.

The dog didn't survive.

RSPCA CEO Jan Davis has taken to social media, saying they'd previously had the owner convicted of a cruelty offence.

"However, the legislation only permits our inspectors to seize a dog under certain very limited circumstances," she said. 

"Unfortunately, we have been unable to meet the required burden of proof to remove the dog from this environment."