How to File a Case
Call barangay officials and/or police hotline 911 immediately. Posting on social media is NOT taking action. Tagging PAWS and other animal welfare groups is NOT taking action.
We offer FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE to pet owners and concerned citizens who want to pursue legal action against animal offenders. To qualify for this program, certain conditions need to be met.
Often, the most compelling evidence is the animal itself. However, if it’s not possible to confiscate the animal, other pieces of evidence must be present. Videos, photos, and other witness accounts will build a stronger case against the animal offender, especially if it’s a case of pet neglect.
1) Witness affidavit (PRIORITY)
2) Complainant affidavit (could be different from the witness)
3) Copy of valid government ID of witness and complainant
4) Copy of blotter or incident report from the police/barangay
5) Photos/videos of the animal (as many as possible)
6) Veterinarian’s affidavit and other attachments
An affidavit is a narration of facts which include the complete details of the incident: 1) Name/s of the people involved, 2) date, time and location of the incident, and 3) a detailed description of the events that occurred.
Without an affidavit, no charges can be filed. See samples here:
You need to sign an agreement with PAWS indicating that you, the complainant and primary witness, will not back out. This is because PAWS will be shouldering all the legal expenses, which will commence as soon as the case is filed. We do not want our efforts and resources to go to waste.
Finally, you need to be prepared to appear in court and testify. PAWS has had numerous victories in court, all of which would not have been possible if it weren’t for the determination and perseverance of ordinary citizens who bravely spoke on behalf of these voiceless, helpless victims.