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."