We know it’s hard to contemplate that someone would hurt an animal but animal cruelty doesn’t only consist of physical abuse. Although this happens, the main form of animal abuse in South Africa is neglect – depriving pets from everyday necessities like fresh water, food, shelter and veterinary care.
What can you do?
Be their voice – report animal cruelty to your local SPCA. Include as much detail as you can possibly give the inspectors (including physical evidence of the neglect or abuse in the form of photos).
Report animal cruelty via telephone to your nearest SPCA. click here for a list of phone numbers of your nearest SPCA
The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL), who has been protecting and caring for animals since 1956, is another channel you can use to report animal cruelty. They are the second largest independent Animal Welfare Organization in South Africa and gets involved with all aspects of animal welfare. They provide shelter for abandoned animals, promote an efficient adoption programme, prosecute animal cruelty cases, run welfare hospitals for lower income groups, visit underprivileged areas with fully equipped mobile clinics and regularly address schools and clubs on the challenges of animal welfare.
To report animal cruelty to the AACL, you can simply click here: http://www.aacl.co.za/report-animal-cruelty/ or alternatively phone them on 011 435 0672.
What happens now?
A trained inspector will visit the scene and investigate the complaint or report. Should it be found that the animal(s) have been neglected or abused the owner will be issued with a warming to take corrective action. This will be followed-up with a second visit to check on the animal’s welfare. Within the parameters of the Animals Protection Act, no 71 of 1962, no animals may be confiscated without a warrant obtained from a magistrate. Should it be found that an animal is outright being abused or wilfully neglected, the inspector will instigate criminal charges against the owner.
Together let’s combat cruelty against animals!
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