Witness has to file report
I was speaking to a feeder this afternoon who said that another feeder had seen a case of animal abuse. She said that the person had managed to take a photo of the alleged accuser throwing a stick at a cat. She asked me if the person would go to jail. I said that it was certainly possible under the law but it depended on what the circumstances and the evidence they had. I told her that she needed to go to the police.
She asked me why they needed to go - this is not the first time she's tried to file a report about animal abuse (with different abusers), but the rest of the cases usually ended in naught because none of the witnesses wanted to come forward. In one case, I went to the police station with her witness, spent three hours in there, and the minute the feeder went to the bathroom, the witness said she did not want to testify. It seemed she was scared the feeder would no longer be her friend so she had gone along so far.
This time around, she said that since I had advised them to take photos as evidence, she wanted me to file the report. I pointed out that photos are evidence, but there must still be a witness, and the witness has to be someone who actually SAW the abuse happening.