Here's What To Do If You See An Animal Getting Abused In Malaysia

Remember, abuse does not necessarily mean physical harm.

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In light of the the recent alleged dog abuse case in Kajang, it is crucial to know the steps to take if you witness any form of animal abuse.

Here's a guide on what to do if you notice any animal getting abused in Malaysia:

1. Gather evidence (if it's safe to do so)

Take photos and/or videos of the abuse, making sure it clearly shows the animal and the abuse being inflicted.

Try to capture details like the location and date/time.

Do not intervene directly; it can be dangerous to confront an abuser yourself. Focus on reporting and gathering evidence.

2. Report the abuse

The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) is the primary authority for handling animal welfare cases.

For urgent matters, you can reach them via their 24-hour WhatsApp hotline at +6013-706 6770.

To report a case, you can also:

When submitting a report, make sure to provide as much information as possible, including:

  • Time, date, and location of the incident
  • Detailed description of the incident
  • Condition of the animal
  • Identity of the abuser (if known)

If available, attach photos and videos as evidence.

3. Alternatively, you can reach out to animal welfare organisations

Here are some to take note of:

1. Persatuan Haiwan Terbiar Malaysia (SAFM)
Hotline: +6013-706 6770 (WhatsApp only) or their online form

2. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
SPCA Selangor: +603-4256 5312 (10am - 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday)
SPCA Kajang: +6019-250 1708
SPCA Ipoh: +6016-560 8905
SPCA Johor: +6019-779 3286
SPCA Kota Bahru: +609-7982236 / +6017-946 9153
SCPA Kota Kinabalu: +6013-856 9100
SPCA Kuching: +6082-618200
SPCA Melaka: +606-2686261
SPCA Sandakan: +6010-227 8911 (hotline) / +6016-805 1021 (complaints)
SPCA Penang: +604-281 6559
SPCA Seberang Prai: +6017-470 3383 / +6017-476 8660
SPCA Kedah: +6019-505 0126 / +6016-473 5575

Image for illustration purposes only.

Image via MSPCA-Angell

4. Be prepared to have to lodge a police report in the case of any animal cruelty, abuse, or neglect

Remember, abuse does not necessarily mean physical harm. An animal is being abused if it is not provided with shade, is chained 24/7, or is housed in a cage 24/7.

By reporting and providing evidence, you can help hold the abuser accountable and protect the animal.

The abuse of animals in Malaysia has been rampant lately:

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