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The Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture’s Animal Welfare and Control Services unit is responsible for monitoring and assisting with the prevention of cruelty to animals, however, the unit strongly relies on the people of the islands to be its eyes and ears in the community.

If you know of any animal that is being neglected or treated badly, please report it, by doing so you will help to ensure it gets the type of care that it deserves.

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What is animal cruelty

The Animals Law (2015 Revision) Section 70(1) states that a person who intentionally makes an animal unnecessarily suffer, works an unfit animal, administers poison to the animal, operates on an animal without due care and humanity or tethers, or confines an animal as to cause unnecessary suffering, abandons an animal commits an offence of animal cruelty and is liable for prosecution under the law. The animals whose abuse is most often reported are dogs, cats, livestock and horses. Examples of animal cruelty are:

Physical abuse – tight collars causing neck wounds; open wounds or signs of multiple wounds not being treated; extreme thinness or emaciation – bones visible; discharge from nose or eyes; patchy or matted coat; owner hitting or otherwise physically abusing it (e.g. dragging/hanging animal on leash).

Environmental abuse – failure to provide adequate food, water or shelter; exposed to extreme heat or inclement weather; locked in a hot car; kept in area with feces, garbage or other objects that could harm them; being kept in an environment that is not suited to their needs where they are unable to stand, turn around and make normal movements (e.g. horses being kept in small spaces).

Animal abandonment – intentionally and recklessly leaving an animal at a location without providing minimum care, or making reasonable arrangements for the care of an animal.

Malicious poisoning – poisoning or exposing the animal to a toxic environment

Organized cruelty – Dogfighting, cockfighting and other forms of organized animal cruelty go hand in hand with other crimes; fights are extremely brutal with animals often fighting to the death

Other types – Ritual abuse – animals are either mutilated or sacrificed for religious purposes. Bestiality or sexual abuse of an animal.

Studies have shown that there is a correlation of animal abuse with violence against people. Animal abuse is frequently the first step towards future criminality such as domestic violence – abusers will either start with or will also target pets or serial murderers that initially started their behavior by hurting and killing animals.

When to file a report

In the event of an urgent matter, a call can be made to 911, otherwise, information can be provided by way of email here.

In any event, please be prepared to give as much of the following information as possible.

Detailed information is for record purposes and enables the Animal Welfare Officer to better do their job and also to inform you of the result of their investigation. All reports are treated with strict confidence; your personal information if provided will remain confidential.

Providing false information may well mean that we will not be able to resolve the matter.

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Please note:

Residents should keep in mind that the agency operates with limited personnel and resources; however, every effort is made to ensure that the incident is investigated in a timely manner.

Animal cruelty investigations do not include dangerous animals, loose livestock or barking dogs.

These should be report accordingly:

Dangerous animals/barking dogs – Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS)

Loose livestock – call 911
Barking dogs – Department of Agriculture – the report will be investigated to ascertain the welfare of the animal; in the event it becomes a persistent matter, it will be reported to the RCIPS

To report a dead animal (on the road, etc.), please contact the Department of Environmental Health on 949-6696

Finally, do not be afraid to get involved in any legal proceedings that may result. If you felt strongly enough to report the matter, you should be prepared to assist with whatever has to be done to get the matter rectified and bring offenders to justice.

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing” – Albert Einstein