Do you have a report of cruelty you need our Inspectors to investigate?
If you suspect cruelty in Dublin City or County, please contact us immediately.
If you are concerned about an animal in distress that is not a cruelty case please click here.
To report an suspected Puppy Farm please email firstname.lastname@example.org
All cases involving farm animals must be reported to the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine hotline on 1850 211990 or email email@example.com.
For cases relating to cruelty to wildlife please contact the Wildlife Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
DSPCA Inspectors are the front line against animal cruelty in Ireland, investigating complaints of abandoned, neglected and cruelly treated animals. With the introduction of the new Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, which came into force on 8th March 2014 the DSPCA Inspectors have been named by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine as Authorised Officers which gives them legal powers given to them under the new law. It is their job to investigate each individual case and to decide whether or not to take further actions and to initiate a prosecution.
DSPCA Inspectors work closely with other agencies, such as Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM), An Garda Siochana and local authorities.
When investigating any animal cruelty complaint, a DSPCA inspector’s priority is look after the animal’s welfare according the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. Once the animal is ‘safe’, the DSPCA Inspector decide if an offence has been committed and as authorised officers they can initiate a prosecution under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.
Under the new Act, the DSPCA Inspectors can enter any property (apart from private dwellings) without the owner’s consent, if they have reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence is being committed under the Animal Health and Welfare Act:
The Act also gives the DSPCA Inspectors the power to:
The Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 provides more information on the specific powers of the DSPCA’s Inspectorate in Section 38.