What is animal cruelty?
Animal cruelty is when someone hurts an animal or does not care for an animal responsibly, like not giving a dog or cat food and water. It is against the law to be cruel to or harm animals, even your own pets.
What should you do about it?
Animal cruelty is a serious problem all over the world and something that is relatively common in the Canary Islands too. In the first Instance call the local police who are under the jurisdiction of the Ayuntamientos, so operate on a municipal level. In addition anyone who witnesses animal mistreatment should call Seprona.
Seprona is the Guardia Civil’s Servicio de Protección de la Naturaleza, so the official police route for environmental issues of any sort, including animal welfare. Call the central 062 number and explain it’s an animal welfare issue, tell them where you are, where the offence occurred, and they will forward you to the correct local contact. There is also an on line form that can be completed to denounce mistreatment https://yodenuncio.pacma.es/denuncia?fbclid=IwAR1BQxW37WlM8fqk1exgwwU2Tl7hqTL6kUnk5iiMMqT6epJFQbJ7YR5fw_o.
What can Live PAWS do to help?
Unfortunately we have no legal authority to catch people abusing animals, but your police and Seprona do. so please do not turn your back on an animal in need report it immediately.
Why are people cruel to animals?
Sometimes it is simply that people do not understand that what they are doing to an animal is causing the animal pain. Other times, people who have been abused themselves will be cruel to animals because they think that is the only way to treat others.
The worst cruelty situations are when people hurt animals knowing that it hurts the animal, and they do it to cause the animal pain. It is hard to say why someone would do this, but often they see the animals as objects instead of creatures with feelings.
Why should I report animal abuse?
People who abuse animals are more likely to hurt other people. This is why it’s so important to report animal abuse. Not only will you help the animal, but you will help your community be a safer place for everyone.