Well, quite obviously each case is different, and specific action does not necessarily apply in every case, but in general terms, here is what you should do.
Firstly, if the cruelty is something that can be stopped immediately, then stop it. For example, if a dog is being unmercifully beaten, intervene if you can safely do so.
Of course, the sort of person who would mistreat an animal this way would be quite likely to vent his anger on anyone who interferes, and members of the public should use their discretion.
Few occasions arise when a camera is readily available, but if there should be one, photographs can prove as useful evidence.
Then phone the SPCA on 031-904-2424.
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 must be stressed that the policy of the SPCA is to treat all complaints as confidential. No details are divulged to nobody unless the complainant has no objection.
- The name(s), address(es) and telephone number(s) of the person(s) involved.
- The date, time and place of the offence.
- The names, addresses, telephone numbers of any witnesses.
- The registration number and description of any vehicle involved.
- State whether you would be prepared to testify in a court of law.
The SPCA urges all residents to help animals by reporting cruelty.
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