Cruelty & Pet Neglect

Animal cruelty and pet neglect are criminal offenses. Concerned citizens must not turn a blind eye because these helpless animals cannot defend themselves. PAWS needs YOUR help in stopping animal cruelty and bringing offenders to justice.

ANIMAL CRUELTY ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Cruelty & Pet Neglect

Animal cruelty and pet neglect are criminal offenses. Concerned citizens must not turn a blind eye because these helpless animals cannot defend themselves. PAWS needs YOUR help in stopping animal cruelty and bringing offenders to justice.

ANIMAL CRUELTY ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Why can’t PAWS just confiscate animals from cruel or neglectful owners?

PAWS is not a government agency and does not have the authority to do this. Because animal cruelty and pet neglect are criminal offenses, they must be reported to the authorities by calling 911 or your barangay. Sadly, most people only report to PAWS but they are not willing to take any legal action. They call for justice, but they are unwilling to do their part as the witness.

What to do when witnessing animal cruelty or pet neglect in progress?

The first thing to do is to INTERVENE. If you see another human being attacked, the right thing to do is to call their attention and tell the attacker to stop. The same applies to animals. If we don’t do anything or react too late, it could mean death to the poor animal.

How to INTERVENE

This must be done in a way that won’t further endanger the animal.

Pet Neglect

First, try the friendly approach and educate the pet owner on responsible pet ownership. If nothing changes and the behavior continues, be prepared to present proof such as a series of photos or videos that consistently show a pattern of neglect, along with your detailed report. These will be used with your witness affidavit when filing the case. This is the only time that PAWS or the authorities can confiscate the neglected pet.

Animal Cruelty

When witnessing animal cruelty, which includes ‘dog katay’ or selling and buying dogs for meat trade, or someone directly inflicting harm to an animal — it is important that intervention is done IMMEDIATELY. The animal is in imminent danger and you are their best chance of survival. Stop the offender right away and call 911 or the barangay. Posting on social media and tagging animal welfare groups is not the same as reporting to the authorities.

ANIMAL CRUELTY ON SOCIAL MEDIA

1. I reported an incident on social media. Why are you not taking action?

We can’t take action based on social media posts alone. Animal cruelty is a crime and it needs to be reported to the proper authorities, NOT on social media. If you witnessed any form of animal cruelty, it is your responsibility to report it to the police or the barangay. If you are willing to press charges, then PAWS will be able to assist. Learn more about how to press charges here: https://paws.org.ph/programs/prosecution/

2. I saw animal cruelty reported on social media. What can I do?

You may reach out to the person who witnessed the crime and point them in the right direction. They need to report the crime to the police or barangay and execute an affidavit. Otherwise, no legal action can be made. Here are some sample affidavits: TAGALOG | ENGLISH

What can PAWS do to help?

If the reporting citizen is committed to executing an affidavit and appearing in court, PAWS will provide FREE legal assistance. PAWS will shoulder all legal expenses, prepare all the legal documents, and appear in court to testify. We just need your witness affidavit and your commitment to the case. Otherwise, the case will be dropped and the offender will remain free to commit their crimes.
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