With so many horror stories about animal abuse circulating on social media, it’s a relief that some animal welfare groups are taking a stand on animal cruelty. But is that enough? Just recently, animal groups led by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Aklan Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (AARRC) joined forces to save a female asPin badly disfigured from abuse. The asPin was found lying in the sand in Boracay.
Dolores, as they call the asPin, was accompanied by volunteers to the PAWS Animal Rescue Center (PARC) in Quezon City. Vets in Practice (VIP) Animal Hospital senior veterinarian Dr. Marga Carpio saw the dog and decided to confine her at VIP, with all medical treatment provided for free. Dolores already has many adopters lined up to re-home her, even as is undergoes treatment.
If you wish to pursue legal action, whether you’re an owner or a concerned citizen, PAWS offers free legal assistance provided you meet the conditions required: 1) you have to have evidence to support your claims. It may be in the form of the animal itself or videos, photos, and witness account against the animal offender; 2) execute an affidavit which states the complete details of the incident—name/s of the people involved, date, time, and location of the incident, and a detailed description of the events that occurred. Remember, if you fail to submit an affidavit, no charges will be filed.
After submitting the piece/s of evidence and the affidavit, it’s time to sign an agreement with PAWS saying that the complainant and the primary witness will not back out. PAWS will be shouldering all the legal expenses and should you back out, all the efforts and resources will go to waste.
Finally, you need to be prepared to testify in court. PAWS has won a number of cases against animal offenders because of ordinary citizens who had the courage to stand up and speak up against animal cruelty and abuse.
So if you ever witness animal abuse, don’t just click, share, and tag. Heed the wakeup call to take a stand and help our furry friends!