The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has launched their Inspectorate Report for 2016 highlighting more than 16,000 calls made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline resulting in 3,200 investigations, 995 animals seized or surrendered and 32 prosecutions instigated under the Animal Health and Welfare Act.
ISPCA Inspectors carried out 3,200 investigations last year mostly working with pet owners to improve animal welfare concerns. However, in some cases prosecutions were instigated under the Animal Health and Welfare Act which came into force in March 2014. This legislation was a huge step forward for animal welfare in Ireland. Not only does it demand higher standards of animal welfare and places a duty of care on animal owners, it also means the ISPCA is now uniquely placed to investigate allegations of cruelty to domestic animals and Inspectors can now report their findings directly to the Department of Agriculture as a prosecuting body.
The ISPCA has a total of eight authorised Inspectors (one Chief Inspector, two Senior Inspectors and five Inspectors) covering 17 counties and working with 19 affiliated member societies nationwide. ISPCA Inspectors are at the forefront of animal welfare, they respond to allegations of cruelty, neglect and abuse and also aid sick and injured animals.
WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES and stories in this report may be upsetting. Unfortunately this is the reality of what ISPCA Inspectors encounter on a regular basis.