“Police have sought to forge a partnership with Lamma dog owners to combat poisonings on the island while promising to be more conscientious in recording complaints about such incidents.
They have handed a set of guidelines to residents that they hope will help bring arrests and prosecutions of culprits suspected of causing more than 100 canine deaths in the past decade.
The checklist includes advice on what the public should do on finding suspicious objects or witnessing suspicious persons dropping meat on roadsides or paths and how to handle security-camera evidence.”
Police guidelines on suspected dog poisoning cases
Situation A: Suspicious objects found
Check if the object should be there. If not, report it and wait until the arrival of police officers. Do not touch it (but do cover/preserve it to prevent animals eating it in the meantime.
Situation B: Suspicious persons were seen dropping meat on roadside/other place
Confirm whether the suspicious person is leaving food for hungry stray animals. But look at the actions of the person, how does he/she drop the object. Are there any suspicious movements beforehand?
Report the incident to the police and provide a detailed description of the person when using a phone and to officers attending the scene. But do not confront the alleged person, as it puts members of the public at risk. Do not lose contact with meat (crucial evidence). Attempt to keep the person under observation, to try and identify the place of abode/route taken.
Police can subsequently access all circumstantial factors to determine if, how and when further action can be taken on that person.
Situation C: Handling CCTV evidence
Owners of close-circuit surveillance should properly maintain a machine. Investors can seize the CCTV console/storage or request a copy of the footage. The CCTV owner must provide a statement. Do not share the image/footage as it threatens further investigating/judicial proceedings. CCTV evidence is corroborative in supporting other evidence, and not a means of stand-alone evidence.
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