How to Stop Animal Cruelty
When witnessing animal cruelty, which includes ‘dog katay’ or someone directly inflicting harm to an animal, stop the offender IMMEDIATELY and then call 911 or the barangay. Posting on social media is not the same as reporting to the authorities. By the time your post reaches the authorities, it will be too late.
How to Stop Pet Neglect
First, try the friendly approach and educate the pet owner on responsible pet ownership. If the behavior continues, you must gather evidence such as photos and videos showing a pattern of neglect and execute a witness affidavit. This is the only time that PAWS or the authorities can confiscate the neglected pet.
These cases are handled by the barangay or police. You may press charges, but also remember that allowing your pet to roam freely outside your home (even in the presence of the owner) is a violation of RA9482 or The Anti Rabies Act. Learn more here.
Please talk to your neighbor first and attempt to educate them in a friendly manner. PAWS cannot intervene or confiscate an owned pet without legal grounds. If you wish to file a case, please follow due process so that PAWS can assist.