APRIL is the Prevention to Animal Cruelty month and Kloof Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) manager, Barbara Patrick urged the public to look after all animals. Patrick chatted to Fever Reporter, Phindile Shozi. What is animal cruelty? For me the definition is the intentional, harmful, deliberate and callous indifference to or pleasure in causing pain or suffering to any animal. PS: What does the Kloof SPCA do to ensure that people are not being cruel towards animals? BP: We always educate people; we investigate any reports of animal cruelty, open a case of animal cruelty and prosecute when necessary. PS: What can you say to the people who are being cruel to the animals? BP: No animal deserves to ever be treated cruelly. Would you treat your child or best friend cruelly? PS: What can the public do if they see an animal not being treated fairly by its owner? BP: They must report the incident to the Kloof and Highway SPCA immediately for investigation. If possible, take photos, videos and get the details of any witnesses, who must be prepared to complete affidavits for the case, should a case be opened with the SAPS. PS: Where can they report animal cruelty? BP: The Kloof and Highway SPCA at 031 764 1212 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org For any after-hours animal emergencies contact: 073 335 9322.