Thursday, November 09, 2006

Helpful police

We often hear stories about the police being unhelpful and dragging their feet when it comes to animal abuse cases. Today though a caregiver called me to let me know that one of the cats she had been about to send for sterilisation had run out and taken a fall. The poor cat was hiding and in pain. The caregiver's friend called the police when they weren't able to get the cat - and the police helped to get it and it was rushed to the vet. She said the police were really nice about it!

Hopefully the cat will be okay!


Blogger Mary said...

Wow, i am impressed. Singapore police doing that?

9/11/06 5:34 PM  
Blogger calsifer said...

Wow... let's hope it's the start of a new trend.

I remember a few years back, there was a cat stuck on the roof of a covered walkway. We resorted to calling the civil defense service... we were surprised they turned up to get the cat down, but you know what? They told us next time don't bother them with this kind of thing.

9/11/06 6:56 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Oh dear! I guess at the end of the day, every department is filled with people - and some people are just more helpful than others.

9/11/06 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very different from places like the US. Calling the fire department to rescue a stuck cat/dog is very common. The fire department will come right down with no fuss and is glad to help.

Then again, these are countries that have officers that take action against animal abusers and have the power to prosecute. I am praying and hoping for the day the same will apply here.


9/11/06 8:30 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

We will need to "decondition" our people, especially the young, that community cats and dogs are not, by Gahmen's default, "nuisance". This term is so malignant in the vocabulary of the Gahmen servants, including Town Council officers, that they will go into seizures if they can't add a "nuisance" to any feedback about cats. I remember ChaosHouseCat telling me thast she spoke to the MP ASSistant(who screened residents in Meet-the-M Session) for some length and at the end of it, the ASSistant scribbled the word "cat nuisance" and asked to wait her turn.

9/11/06 10:29 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Unfortunately that's not the only time either I've heard this!

10/11/06 1:05 AM  
Blogger Freudian Slip said...

That's great news! It is nice to hear a positive story like that. Perhaps there are some good ones out there eh?

12/11/06 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Shac said...

If the police were to say, "it's not what we are paid for," surely they will be complains.
It's not the police being nice, it's the cat owner who is unreasonable.
We read about the imprisonment of the three racist blogs. The complainant was an executive who made a 999 call in the middle of the night asking the police to come to her house so that they can see the blog.
Then we read about a Singaporean complaining to Straits Times when the police did not come to his house to catch a rat.
It's just like the MP says, be a problem solver, don't just push everything to the authorities or government.

12/11/06 1:46 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I am sure in most cases where the cats couldn't be caught, that the volunteers tried other methods first before calling the police. I know they definitely did in this case.

For example, there have been a few cases where there are cats locked in houses. We cannot go in because it would be trespass (and the police advise against it too) and the police really would be the only people who might be able to help. So far in the cases we've dealt with, they have not been very willing to.

12/11/06 3:43 PM  

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