To report or not to report?
It's always important to report animal abuse cases if there's a chance to actually stop the abusers. This is especially so if the person who perpetrates the abuse is in some position of authority. What happens though if your witness may not be the best of witnesses and the person you're complaining about is someone you're frightened of?
One of the caregivers called today to say that her friend had seen one of the supervisors in her area taking her cats away. I asked why she did not make a report, but she said the town council denied taking the cats and when she complained to her MP, the MP was very unsympathetic, telling her she should spend her time doing other volunteer work instead of running around with cats. Subsequently she said two of her cats were caught, she believes in retaliation.
She believes the town council is not aware of this, but is concerned that the supervisor may have taken this upon himself. She is now concerned that if she reports the situation and it doesn't result in a successful prosecution, he may come back for her remaining cats. On top of that, she says that while her witness is very certain he has the right man, he is old and stutters. She is worried he may not be the most credible of witnesses. We've had a case fall apart once because the witness of an abuse case backed out at the last moment at the police station - witnesses have to be firm and come forward and look credible.
The other people who she says have witnesses this man kicking the cats will not come forward. She is going to speak with them all and try and convince them again. Apparently all of them are scared of this man.
At any rate she asked me to meet with the witness next week and we'll sit down and discuss this. This is a tough case - let's hope more witnesses come forth.
This illustrates why evidence is so very important - a photo taken or a license plate number traced would be a lot of help at this point to back up what is said.