Abuse / Neglect



Animal cruelty is not only wrong; it is against the law in this country. Animal abuse can also be part of a pattern of other violent acts within families and society. Abuse of any kind should be reported to the appropriate authorities immediately. Do you think an animal in your neighbourhood is the victim of cruelty? 

What is Cruelty? 
  • - chaining of dogs 
  • - not giving animals water to drink and proper food to eat 
  • - not giving animals shelter from the weather 
  • - leaving an animal to suffer if it is injured or sick 
  • - dog fighting 
  • - shooting pellets at animals and birds 
  • - abandonment of animals with no one to care for them 
  • - hitting or kicking an animal 
  • - keeping animals in dirty conditions 

If you suspect an animal is being abused or neglected, give us a call and we will assist. Read this carefully before lodging a complaint with AWS PE: 

We are empowered by the Magistrates of Port Elizabeth to enforce the Animal Protection Act to deal with cruelty to animals, i.e. abandoned animals (not strays). If you suspect abuse please call AWS PE. You can remain anonymous when you call – you don’t have to give your name if you are afraid – but even if you do, AWS PE will NOT let anyone know who you are. Contact our inspectorate department on (041) 366-1660. Or you can email our manager at hannes@animalwelfarepe.co.za.

We are NOT empowered to enforce the Municipal Bylaws, i.e. dogs in the street attacking people or causing a nuisance or ripping up garbage bags, too many dogs on a property, unspayed bitches and stray dogs. Barking dogs are a noise complaint and are dealt with by NMMM or the police. For any of these issues, contact the Municipal Dog Division on (041) 506-5232.  For dead bodies, please contact the Municipal Waste Department on (041) 373-7867.