Powers of welfare groups
I just received an email from a woman who wanted to know about the kitten on the string (I have been getting more emails about this case of late). She wanted to know why we left the kitten with the man. She was surprised when I explained to her that the SPCA, ourselves and any of the other animal welfare groups have no police powers. We cannot seize an animal or arrest someone because we do not have that power under the law. The only people who do have the power are the police and the AVA.
By the same token, if there is an abuse case, while it is good to keep the animal welfare groups informed, again none of us can arrest the perpetrator. The only people who can do so again are either the police or the AVA.