Report Cruelty

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

All cases involving farm animals must be reported to the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine hotline on 1850 211990 or email

For cases relating to cruelty to wildlife please contact the Wildlife Department at

DSPCA Inspectorate and the New Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013

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.

Inspectors’ Powers

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:

  • Use reasonable force to enter a property (other than a private dwelling)
  • Use reasonable force to enter a vehicle to rescue an animal.
  • Issue Welfare Notices’ such as telling owners that they must get vet care or improve the way they feed and house their animals. Failure to comply with the Notice is an offence and the Inspector can seize any animal referred to in the Notice.
  • Seize an animal or other property or evidence relating to an offence.
  • Request and authorise a veterinary surgeon to humanely euthanase (put to sleep) an animal that is suffering so severely that it is beyond veterinary help.
  • By law, an animal owner must give such assistance or information to an authorised officer as may reasonably be required

The Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 provides more information on the specific powers of the DSPCA’s Inspectorate in Section 38.