In mid April, 2014, a video circulated around the internet. The video was of a man waving a tool in the direction of his barking dog. This video caught a lot of people’s attention, many people thought that this behavior was illegal and were concerned about the dog’s wellbeing, so they contacted the Taiwan SPCA for help. After we received the video, we immediately contacted the department of Economic Affairs in Keelung (which is in charge of animal protection in Keelung), and asked them to investigate the situation. The person who was in charge of this case also immediately visited the dog’s owner and observed the interaction between the dog and the owner.
According to our investigation, it turned out that there was nothing abnormal with the dog’s behaviour and appearance and the interaction between the dog and the owner was quite good. The dog’s owner stated that his dog is very attached to him, so every morning when he goes out, the dog would try to stop him by barking a lot. He was very worried that the barking would disturb his neighbours, so on the day in question he punished him in hopes of making him quiet. From an animal welfare stance, if an animal becomes stressed because of neglect it is also considered a form of abuse. But according to our inspector’s observation, there was no sign of physical injury, and based on the dog’s interaction with his owner, there weren’t any signs of stress or fear of his owner.
Based on the evidence and evaluation, by both TSPCA inspectors and government agents it was agreed that the dog’s barking and the owner’s deterrence wrongly led people to think that the dog was being abused. Since this case was caused by the dog’s constant barking which stems from his separation anxiety, we strongly suggested to the owner that he take his dog to professional behavior training classes to help solve the separation anxiety issues. The TSPCA has monthly obedience training classes to promote proper training methods. We hope by helping people understand animal behaviour and language, there will be a greater respect for animals, thus leading to less cases of animal abuse, neglect and abandonment.
In Taiwan, most people live in condos or apartments, which can make gathering evidence quite difficult, due to lack of visual and audio availability. In order to smoothly investigate a case, we hope that people reporting the case could help by gathering as much video/audio evidence as possible, thus helping greatly in our investigation process.
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Please remember, your helping hand could shine a bright light on the future of an animal in need!
散布、播送或販賣違反第六條、第十條或第十二條第一項之文字、圖畫、 聲音、影像、電磁紀錄或其他物品，或公然陳列，或以他法供人觀賞、聽 聞者，處一年以下有期徒刑、拘役或科或併科三萬元以下罰金。但為供學 術研究或公益用途者，不在此限。
Animal Protection Act:
No one shall inflict disturbance, maltreatment or harm on animals intentionally or without justification.
Any distribution, broadcast or sale of the text, picture, voice, image, electromagnetic record or other article in violation of Article 6, Article 10 or Paragraph 1 of Article 12, publicly display, or make the foregoing available for others to view or hear by means of other methods, shall be penalized by imprisonment up to one year, detention, or in lieu thereof or in addition thereto a fine up to NT$30,000, except for the purposes of academic research or public interests.