Friday, April 20, 2007

Abuse and witnesses

This has been written about and I know some of you probably have heard this for the nth time, but I do think it's important enough to write about again.

Someone wrote in to say there was a problem with cats getting abused in an area. However she heard it from someone who heard it from someone she knew who was the person who allegedly saw the abuse occurring. I understand the person who wrote in really wanted to help and to stop the abuse. The most important thing however is that the witness has to come forward. There have been many cases where there are people who hear about the abuse and want to do something but the person who actually witnesses it is not willing to do anything. In that case, I'm sorry to say that nothing CAN be done.

So what do you do if you know of someone who saw a cat being abused (or a friend of a friend)? You have to ask the witness to make a police report. Does this make it difficult to prosecute? Yes it does. Does it make it tough to find evidence? It does as well. However there do have to be checks and balances - otherwise innocent people could potentially be found guilty of something they did not do. If an accusation was all that was needed, many innocent people could be found guilty. Hopefully the witness will come forward because it could stop cats from being abused.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi dawn can u pls make know the exact estate or blk, i wld like to check out personally & observe startin frm may onwards when im havin my vacation. i dont want to let this continue, thanks.

20/4/07 9:02 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Anonymous - that's the thing, we're not sure exactly when it happened or any of the details because a friend of a friend of the person who wrote in saw it. However this person apparently witnessed it happening herself - in which case, there is no need to observe anything. She can just go make a police report.

20/4/07 11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAIS ... cant imagine a person not doing anything abt cat abuse after witnessing it again & again! if u ever know of the exact location, do inform us ok! i believe the abuser(s) can be tracked down with persistence & by pple who really care! :)

21/4/07 5:55 AM  
Anonymous Tiff said...

Hey dawn, this reminds me of a few years back when I came forward and approached a NPP about cat abuse by some ah bengs in my estate and they looked at me with "cats, you say?" kinda look. Guess what, they didn't do anything like they said they would. I waited for them lor.

This goes to show how "loving" these policemen are when it comes to animals. But he did admit to me that abusing cats is an offense. Yet, idiot, ignore my request! Oh and at that time, I didn't know of cws.

23/4/07 11:13 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Tiff I'm sorry to hear that. If this happens again, do insist that they take action. As the policeman said, it is a crime. If you do not get a response, do ask to speak to a superior.

23/4/07 3:00 PM  
Anonymous isabel said...

sigh. such attitude is really worrying. & sometimes policemen can get really inefficient & selective abt wat they think is impt.

24/4/07 4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am just thinking aloud. Will the policeman find anyone at the place of offence?

Won't it be better to get help to restrain the offender then call 999?

24/4/07 10:34 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Please do not restrain anyone - YOU could get into trouble for assault or battery as abuse is not a seizable offence. You could perhaps take a photo or even try and find out where the person stays, but do not touch them.

25/4/07 7:05 AM  

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