I got the following from the PAWS website and thought I’d share with everyone who reads my blog. Animal cruelty is so common in our country, sad but true. We can’t really rely on the government to help stop this since they have other more pressing problems to attend to. I think if we police ourselves and our neighbors when it comes to horrible treatment of animals, incidents of animal cruelty will lessen.
If you see animal cruelty in progress (such as persons in the act of a ‘dog katay’ or selling and buying dogs for the dog meat trade, or inflicting harm to animals), please report the incident immediately to your barangay officials and/or to 117. PAWS needs citizens like yourself (witnesses) to be taking steps in filing charges so that we can prevent this cruelty from happening again.
In order to prosecute criminals for the violation of the Animal Welfare Act, PAWS needs the complete details (date, time, exact location, people involved). If you are not willing to execute an affidavit, please recommend another eyewitness who will.
If the persons committing the crime are not known, the best we can do is alert police officers to the exact location in the hope that they will be catching the criminals in the act. Kindly call 117 immediately if you see a ‘dog katay’ in progress or anybody selling dog meat. Take down the name of the one receiving your call. From our experience at PAWS, all “117 officers” treat these reports seriously and send a mobile patrol right away (but it would be good to take down the name in case you end up with an uncooperative call-taker).
For advise on how to call 117, scroll down below.
OPTION 1: Warning letter from PAWS
First off, has anyone tried to warn these people that what they are doing / planning to do is against the law? (Or is everyone just keeping quiet?) Ignorance of the law excuses no one but it would be a good start to send them warning.
If you could email their full names and complete address to firstname.lastname@example.org, PAWS can send an official letter to them through the barangay (Please provide the contact info of the barangay captain/officers.)
OPTION 2: File charges – either file a court case or complain at barangay level
FISCAL LEVEL (CRIMINAL CHARGES)
We are attaching a sample format of an affidavit: What should be on your affidavit are the circumstances that led you to believe that such persons will inflict harm or intend to inflict harm to the dogs (whether abuse or slaughtering for pulutan). Have you seen them hurt/slaughter dogs in the past? Was there anything they said? How did they act that convinced you that they were going to slaughter?
Note: There are no expenses involved with filing a case except perhaps for a filing fee of about P100 when you go to the Prosecutor’s Office. PAWS volunteer lawyers can help you review your affidavit.
Report them to the barangay so that the barangay will likewise be watching over them. Furnish barangay officials with a copy of RA8485 (The Animal Welfare Act). Please note that PAWS gives free barangay lectures on animal welfare and they need only to contact us ahead of time and arrange for our transport.
If your barangay officials refuse to act during the time that you reported the crime to them, please execute an affidavit re: their names, what happened, etc. so that we can file administrative charges against them.
PAWS needs and encourages everyone to take action: report cases and/or file charges against cruelty. Verbally complaining (even through email) is not enough.
Click here to download the Sample Affidavit, Animal Welfare Act and Anti-Rabies Act:
Tel # 475-1688
How To Call 117 To Report Persons In The Act Of Animal Cruelty
Steps in Reporting Animal Cruelty:
1. Sound authoritative
2. Introduce yourself
3. Specifically tell them that your report is against the law
RA 8485 Animal Welfare Act of 1998 Section 6
It shall be unlawful for any person:
- To neglect to provide adequate care, sustenance, shelter or maltreat any animal
- To procure animals to be tortured
- The killing of any animal for human consumption except cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, carabaos, horses, deer & crocodiles is unlawful.
RA 9482 Anti-Rabies Act of 2007 Section 11
- (7) Any person found guilty of trading Dog meat shall be fined not less than Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000.00) per dog and subjected to imprisonment for one (1) to four (4) years.
4. Ask the name of the person you are talking to
5. Give your report details
6. Follow up the developments of your report
Below is an email sent by PAWS President Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco to the PAWS yahoogroups last May 22, 2007 on how to report animal cruelty that is currently happening to 117:
Great Tuesday to all! This is Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco (NHL).
One of the fastest ways of helping rescue animals is by telephoning 117.even if you can’t leave your house.AND PLEASE SOUND AUTHORITATIVE.
117 is the official government unit versus ALL crimes. PAWS has had at least 8 positive results just calling 117 AND STICKING TO OUR CALL
Right now I can’t send you the PROCESS ( I have to search through my files) but I can write what happened this morning at 11:45. to give you an idea of what calling 117 entails.:
PARC: Tata, we received a call reporting the killing of dogs for pulutan, in Caloocan. We and the reporter called 117 but were told they don’t attend to animals.
Here are the details: At a new construction on Almaciga street, Blk.4 Lot 7, Amparo village, Gate 2, North Caloocan, the owner is exchanging coco lumber for DOGS for pulutan. There are already 2 skinned dogs, there are some more still alive.
NHL: Thanks, I’ll phone 117 right now… Hello, 117? This is NHL, President of PAWS . My telephone is 724.1986. I am reporting a violation of our NATIONAL LAW, RA 8485 and of Metro Manila Ordinance 82-02 which prohibits killing dogs for pulutan. WHOM AM I SPEAKING TO, PLEASE?
117: (Male) : This is CODE 0166
NHL: Thanks, Code 0166 . This is my Report. ( I give the details). Please contact the roving police car of that area.
117 : Hold the line, Ma’m, I’m contacting the TACTICAL OPERATIONS CENTER of Caloocan City.
NHL: Please give me the TOC telephone… ( I dial given number 362.3276) Good morning, TOC, I have just phoned 117. …Ah, thank you, they have contacted you already. May I please have the names and telephone/s of the Police Officers of Precinct 17 whom you have dispatched to Almaciga street? Thank you. ( I dial Precinct 17 at # 417.7829, Police Officers 1 , or PO1 MANOSA and MABALA . ) The lady agent who answers this number says PO1 Manosa and Mabala are on their way to Almaciga street.
NHL: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, TOC, FOR YOUR ADMIRABLE ADHERENCE TO THE LAW. I’LL CALL AGAIN TO ASK FOR THE RESULTS OF PO1 MANOSA AND MABALA’S INVESTIGATION OF THE REPORT. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
( IT IS NOW 12:30, I WILL DIAL PRECINCT 17 TO ASK FOR DEVELOPMENTS) . GOOD LUCK TO US ALL.)
Source: PAWS’s Multiply Site