In 2020, 11,936 calls were made to the ISPCA's National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 0818 515 515 or reported online resulting in 2,473 investigations, 809 animals being seized or surrendered to the ISPCA, 16 case files were submitted and 8 cases were finalised in court in 2020 under the Animal Health and Welfare Act (AHWA) 2013.
The ISPCA has a total of nine authorised Inspectors (one Chief Inspector, one Senior Inspector and seven Inspectors) covering 17 counties and working with 17 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.
Since the AHWA 2013 came into force only seven years ago, the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline has handled 110,790 calls, 23,722 investigations, 6,879 animals were seized or surrendered, 164 prosecutions have been initiated and 86 of these having been finalised in court to-date including the 8 finalised in 2020.
WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES and stories in these reports below may be upsetting. Unfortunately, these horrific cases of animal cruelty and distressing situations that ISPCA Animal Welfare Inspectors face during the course of their work is a reality of what they encounter on a regular basis.
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