Filing a police report in cases of abuse
I realise there still seems to be some confusion on how to file a police report and whom can file a police report in the case of abuse. We have a fact sheet which I can email anyone who would like it, but I thought it would be good to do a recap.
- Only the witness can file a police report.
2. Gather evidence
If the cat is alive, bring it to the vet for a checkup. If it is dead, it should be brought either to the AVA or the vet for a necropsy to determine what killed it. Do NOT bury the body, and do not wait - in Singapore's humid weather, bodies do not keep very long. Otherwise, the body may start to decompose, making it impossible to determine cause of death.
Take photos and gather what evidence you can. If there are other witnesses around, ask for their contact details so you can contact them if their testimony is needed if the case goes to court.
3. The act complained of must be an offence.
This seems to be obvious but while some things seem abhorrent to people, they are not actually a crime. In cases of animal abuse, Section 42 of the Animal and Birds Act defines
what constitutes as abuse. You can see this Act (and under statutes) on Singapore Statutes online.
Some officers are still unsure of the legislation, so it's not a bad idea to get hold of a copy and show it to the officers if queried.
4. Inform the AVA.
5. Inform the welfare groups if you wish.
This is not of course intended to be legal advise - and you should always seek professional legal advise if you need it - but a short guide to suggest what you may want to do.
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