The RSPCA operates a National Cruelty and Advice Helpline, between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. If you suspect animal cruelty, please let them know.
To report an animal in distress or to ask for advice on animal welfare contact the RSPCA National Cruelty and Advice Helpline on:
0300 1234 999
You will be asked to give a detailed description of what you saw or heard – please be ready to give the following information:
- Your own name, address and telephone number.
This is necessary for record purposes. The inspector will need to contact you if you want to know about the result of his or her investigation. However, you do not have to give your details if you do not want to. It is RSPCA policy to treat all complaints in the strictest confidence. Your name will not be disclosed without your permission.
- The date, time and place of the offence.
If by any chance you have a camera to hand, use it. Photographs showing the cruelty involved may provide vital evidence in a prosecution case.
- The name(s) and address(es) of the person(s) involved, if known.
- The name and addresses of any witnesses.
- The registration number and description of any vehicle involved.
- State whether you would be prepared to testify in a court of law if necessary. The RSPCA always aims to prevent cruelty through education and opts for court proceedings only as a last resort.
You can make a real difference
As a direct consequence of public action, thousands of animals are saved from further suffering. If in doubt always ring the RSPCA helpline and set your mind at rest – remember, you might be saving an animal’s life.