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.