Animal Protection Services Launches Community Alerts Service

Animal Protection Services has launched an electronic Community Alerts service.

The animal welfare charity is inviting members of the public to receive updates from the charity including witness appeals, prosecution updates, and occasional opportunities for you to become involved in our work.

Members will also benefit from a direct link with the Investigations Team to facilitate two-way communication.

“We want to invite members of the public to become involved with our work.

Due to the sensitive nature of our work, we are unable to have a mass volunteer network.

Instead, as an alternative, we can let you know that we need your help by sending you an email with a witness appeal. It is free and simple to sign up.”

—  A spokesperson for Animal Protection Services.

You can sign up through the Animal Protection Service’s website at

Animal Protection Services is a registered charity that investigates and prosecutes organised animal cruelty.

Our charitable remit and workload

A number of enquiries have been made to the charity regarding our charitable remit and the increasing workload. It is important to clarify the position of the charity and our workload position.

Our charitable remit is to prevent and suppress cruelty to animals, in particular by investigating allegations of organised animal cruelty and bringing prosecutions against the perpetrators. As such, we can only investigate organised animal cruelty. This includes:

  • Badger baiting,
  • Animal fighting,
  • Puppy farming and sick puppy sales,
  • Illegal trapping and snaring,
  • Wildlife crimes, and
  • Bird of prey persecution.

The charity must make sure that it is carrying out the purposes for which it is set up, and no other purpose. This is guidance by the Charity Commission.

We investigate animal welfare issues without fear or favour. Our prosecution decisions are based on evidence alone, not the person who reported it.

Dog theft related matters

We do not investigate dog theft related matters. It is the responsibility of the local police forces to investigate theft. As such, we would recommend that you contact the local police forces to investigate any alleged incidents of dog theft.

The only exception to this rule would be where there are validated and genuine concerns for the welfare of animals. As such, you should not contact us with regular dog theft related matters as you may be wasting valuable time that may be spent on serious animal welfare issues.

Investigation Updates

Due to data protection legislation, we are unable to provide investigation updates. We understand that this is frustrating but rest assured that we will investigate any reports of serious animal cruelty.

Should we require a witness statement from you, we will ensure that this is communicated from the outset. Your statement(s), including your name, will be disclosed to the defence however your personal details such as your address will not be disclosed.

If you are unable to provide a witness statement, we may not be able to progress the matter any further due to the rules of evidence. This is entirely out of our control. Your statement could make a massive difference to an investigation. Please think about your ability to make a statement before contacting us.

If your email is only providing intelligence on a subject, you may not receive a reply. Please rest assured we will always pursue all lines of enquiry in relation to intelligence however we may be unable to communicate the outcome(s).

Investigation Backlog

Due to COVID-19, our charity is experiencing a backlog of complaints regarding the sale of sick puppies. We completely understand that this is an emotive issue and incredibly frustrating.

Please rest assured that where there is a validated complaint, we will respond to you in due course. This may take a matter of weeks and we may place you onto a “non-urgent waiting list”. This will be communicated to you; do not be disheartened as this communication means that we have accepted the case.

Should you have concerns about an immediate risk to the welfare of an animal, please make this known to us so we can escalate the concern.

We wish we could help everyone but this is simply not possible. We receive 10+ serious reports of organised animal cruelty every single day with a small team of investigators working on a number of large-scale investigations at any one time. As such, please do your research that we are the most appropriate organisation for you to contact with your concern as you may be wasting valuable time.

Thank you!