Reporting Cruelty


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Reporting Animal Cruelty


"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." ~ Albert Einstein


Please report animal cruelty via telephone to your nearest SPCA as e-mails and social media can and do cause delays in responding to a situation which may be urgent resulting in extended suffering.


The notes below are offered as guidance to members of the public wishing to report cases of cruelty to animals.


Members of the public sometimes witness acts of cruelty to animals and, appalled by what they see, phone the SPCA to report them. Often however, the information that they are able to give, is not enough to enable the Inspector assigned to the case to investigate it thoroughly, and even if legal action is warranted, lack of information impedes successful prosecution.


You will then want to phone the SPCA

Before doing so, be ready to give as much of the following information as possible: Your own name, address and telephone number. This is necessary for record pur­poses and also enables the Inspector to inform you of the result of his/her investigation. It is stressed that the policy of the SPCA is to treat all complaints in strict confidence. Names of complainants are divulged to nobody unless such com­plainant has no objection.


And finally, don't be afraid to get involved in any legal proceedings which may ensue. After all, if you feel strongly enough to report the matter in the first place, you should be prepared to assist us do whatever has to be done to set the matter right and bring offenders to justice.


Updated: 28 September 2015

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