Report Animal Abuse
If you think someone you know is abusing animals, please speak up. The best thing you can do is report your suspicions of cruelty to your local chairman, animal welfare inspector or police station.
While an aggressive, timid or fearful animal may appear to be a cruelty victim, it is not possible to know if an animal is being abused based on their behaviour alone. It is best to examine the animal and his/her surrounding environment to determine whether he or she needs help. Also consider that the majority cannot afford medical treatment or are even not aware that domestic animals can receive medical treatment, try first to make them aware and follow up if the condition improves.
Physical Signs of Cruelty
- Tight collar that has caused a neck wound or has become embedded in the pet’s neck
- Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds or an ongoing injury or illness that isn’t being treated
- An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal
- Extreme thinness or emaciation—bones may be visible
- Visible signs of confusion or extreme drowsiness
- Untreated skin conditions that have caused loss of hair, scaly skin, bumps or rashes
- Weakness, limping or the inability to stand or walk normally
- Fur infested with fleas, ticks or other parasites
- Patches of bumpy, scaly skin rashes
- Heavy discharge from eyes or nose
Environmental Signs of Cruelty
- Pets are tied up alone outside for long periods of time without adequate food or water
- Pets are kept outside in inclement weather without access to adequate shelter
- Pets are kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass or other objects that could harm them
- Animals are housed in kennels or cages (very often crowded in with other animals) that are too small to allow them to stand, turn around and make normal movements
Try to gather the following information before submitting a report of animal cruelty:
- A concise, written, factual statement of what you observed—giving dates and approximate times whenever possible—to provide to law enforcement.
- Photographs of the location, the animals in question and the surrounding area. Note: do not put yourself in danger! Do not enter another person’s property without permission, and exercise great caution around unfamiliar animals who may be frightened or in pain.
- If you can, provide law enforcement with the names and contact information of other people who have firsthand information about the abusive situation.
- It is possible to file an anonymous report, but please consider providing your information. The case is more likely to be pursued when there are credible witnesses willing to stand behind the report and, if necessary, testify in court.
Keep a record of exactly whom you contacted, the date of the contacts, copies of any documents you provided to the auhtorities or animal control and the content and outcome of your discussion. If you do not receive a response from the officer assigned to your case within a reasonable length of time, make a polite follow-up call to inquire about the progress of the investigation.
The Service Number of the Police is 0677 002 00 / 0754 329 970 / 0713 329 970
Arusha City Council
Dr. Mandike, 0767 663 706
Arusha District Council
Dr. Maguo, 0766 431 388
Meru District Council
Dr. Sanga, 0784 243 635