Report Animal Cruelty
Reporting Cruelty, Suffering, Injured, Distressed or Sick Animals:
If you have witnessed an incident of cruelty or have concerns regarding the welfare of an animal, contact the following organisations who have Authorised Officers under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.
Authorised Officers and Gardaí under this Act have powers to inspect and enter private land.
Provide as much evidence as possible (e.g. photo/video, exact location ):
1. NATIONWIDE: Department of Agriculture, Food and The Marine - Cruelty Helpline
The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine now have a dedicated division for Animal Welfare and a full team
dedicated to animal welfare both farm and domestic animals. There is a dedicated phone/email direct contact for members of the public to report suspected
animal abuse. The details are:
Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays). At all other times it will divert to a recorded message and messages left will be monitored regularly.
The GPS code or Eircode will be requested of the suspected incident in order to track it efficiently and they will also ask for the phone number of the complainant. But all animal welfare reports are processed in the strictest of confidence.
DAFM Veterinary Inspectors can also deal with welfare concerns for farm animals.
Dublin: Contact the DSPCA
Tel: +353 1 499 4700 - choosing option 1
(open Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm).
Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan, Longford, Roscommon, Meath, Westmeath, Offaly, Kildare, Laois, Carlow, Wicklow, Limerick, Cork, Waterford, South Tipperary: Contact the ISPCA
1890515515 / 043 3325035
The DSPCA and ISPCA cannot deal with stray horses or farm animals.
3. GardaÍ (in person if possible).
All Gardaí have the same powers as DSPCA, ISPCA and Dept of Agriculture Veterinary Inspectors. They can use the assistance of vets and rescues in moving an animal to a place of safety and can bring prosecutions.
4. Your Local Authority (County/City Council)
Some councils have vets or welfare inspectors authorised to investigate.