Griffith: TTPS will enforce animal cruelty laws
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has given the assurance that the TTPS will enforce all relevant laws as it pertains to the treatment of animals. This includes the enforcement of all laws as it relates to the use of fireworks in public spaces to ensure the safety of all citizens as well as that of animals.
He made the declaration at a meeting with the Mounted and Canine Unit and activists of the ‘Animals Are Human Too T&T’.
The talks were held at the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Police Administration Building, Port of Spain, on Thursday. They focused on enforcing the existing laws for the protection and welfare of animals.
The CoP said he has assigned two police officers per division across all nine divisions to assist all animal welfare organizations in investigating and enforcing the law where any incident of animal cruelty is reported or discovered
The animal protection activists told the Commissioner that animal cruelty is rampant as they called for the intervention of the TTPS.
Section 79 (1) of the Summary Offences Act Chapter 11:02 states, ‘Any person who cruelly beats, ill-treats, starves, over-drives, overrides, overloads, abuses, tortures or otherwise maltreats any animal is liable to a fine of four hundred dollars or to imprisonment for two months.’
Section 82 (1) of the Summary Offences Act Chapter 11:02 states, ‘If any person shall, by committing any offence under section 79 or 80, cause any injury or damage to be done to any animal or to any person or property, he shall, on conviction for such an offence, pay the owner of the animals or to the persons who has sustained the injury or damage, such some of money by way of compensation not exceeding five hundred dollars, as the Court shall adjudge.’