Fortunately, if people witness or hear about animal cruelty and neglect and report it to the DSPCA or Gardai or their local SPCA action can be taken. In fact, one of the most powerful ways the public can assist DSPCA Inspectors and Gardai with their lifesaving work is to understand how to recognise animal cruelty and to report it, don’t leave it up to someone else to report it.
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Cases involving Animal Cruelty can fall into several broad categories:
Most reported cases of animal cruelty involve failure to provide adequate food, water, shelter or veterinary care to one or a few animals. Usually these are handled by local animal care and control or humane groups like the DSPCA in an effort to educate the offender to provide proper care. If education proves ineffective, further action may be taken.
Cat Over Population
Gross, Wilful, Cruel or Malicious Neglect
There is a distinction between simply failing to take adequate care of animals and intentionally or knowingly neglecting care of the animal. Examples of neglect are starvation, dehydration, parasite infestations, allowing a collar to grow into an animal’s skin, inadequate shelter in extreme weather conditions, and failure to seek veterinary care when an animal needs medical attention. Severe animal neglect can cause incredible pain and suffering to an animal.
Equine Neglect & Cruelty
Intentional Abuse, Torture
Cases of intentional cruelty are the ones of greatest concern to the general public and the ones more likely to involve juvenile offenders. There is legitimate fear that the individuals involved in violent acts against animals present a danger to the public that must be addressed. Intentional animal abuse is often seen in association with other serious crimes including drug offences, gang activity, weapons violations, sexual assault and domestic violence and can be one of the most visible parts of an entire history of aggressive or antisocial behaviour. Effects of the crime on the victim may be easier to document and the intentionality of the offence is more clearly recognized than a neglect case.