YOU Can Help Combat Cruelty

PLEASE REPORT CRUELTY AND HELP SPCA COMBAT IT

In November 2010, in Happy Valley, a Husky was found imprisoned in a cage where it could not stand up properly and had no water. The owner, a woman, was prosecuted and received 60 hours of community service. The dog was confiscated and rehomed by the SPCA.

SIGNS TO LOOK FOR

Physical signs

MANY OF THE CASES ABOVE CAME ABOUT FROM A TIP-OFF FROM A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC
If you are unsure if an act of cruelty is committed,
Call our 24-hour Animal Rescue and Cruelty Investigation Hotline  2711 1000
We will investigate and clarify if there has been any contravention of the law.
Even if the law has not been broken we will intervene and help improve the condition of the animal concerned.
EACH CALLER'S IDENTITY IS KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL

  • Animals that have collars that are so tight that there are neck wounds or the collar or chain is embedded into the flesh of the animal. 
  • Open wounds, fly blown wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds. An ongoing injury or illness that is not being treated. Hair loss/patchiness, scaly skin, bumps or rashes, could all be signs of untreated skin disease
  • Extreme thinness or emaciation—can you see the animal’s ribs or backbone clearly?
  • Fur is full of fleas, ticks or other parasites

Behavioural signs

  • Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails and dirty coat
  • Weakness, limping or the inability to stand or walk normally
  • Heavy discharge from eyes or nose
  • Visible signs of confusion or extreme drowsiness
  • An owner/person striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal

Environmental signs

  • Are the animals tied up outside or locked inside for long periods of time without proper food or water? Is the food and water clean?
  • Do the animals have enough shelter? Are they left for long periods of time outside in bad weather or under the hot sun with no shade?
  • Is the living area of the animal full of faeces, rubbish, broken glass or other objects that could harm them?
  • Are the animals housed in cages or enclosures that are too small? Are they crowded together with many other animals? Can they stand, turn around and move normally?

If you suspect cruelty is being committed, here are some tips that will greatly help:

  • Try to get original photographs or video that show the animals being victims of cruelty e.g. an animal being kept in a poor condition for an extended period of time, or someone perpetrating a cruel act upon an animal
  • Positively identify the person suspected of the act of cruelty
  • Make a note of the dates and times of the acts of cruelty committed

If you see an act of cruelty, please report it, and come forward as a witness.
Your testimony is VITAL!
If possible,
document it with photos or video, help us identify the culprit.

Help SPCA, help the Police and AFCD in investigating and proving the case.
TOGETHER WE CAN COMBAT CRUELTY!