ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THE RSPCA OR POLICE TURN UP AT MY DOOR?
It will often be a shock if the RSPCA and Police turn up at your door. Please read this guidance as to what you should do.
1. Please remember that members of the RSPCA are simply members of the public in a Police style uniform, they have no rights or entry, search or seizure. You are fully entitled to refuse them entry to your property. This includes if you find them on your property without you knowing.
2. Please record all conversations with the Police or RSPCA, this includes filming them. Please see our latest blog for the reasons why this is so important.
3. Do not get into conversations with either the RSPCA or the Police, the Inspectors will be making a full note of everything you say. RSPCA Inspectors are trained to befriend you, to make you feel comfortable whilst asking any questions.
4. Do not answer any questions regarding your ownership of animals, day to day care of your animals or your routine for your animals before you have first consulted with your solicitor.
5. Do not allow the RSPCA to Interview you at your home address. Please contact your solicitor before having any interview and that you should request that all interviews are conducted at the Police Station. This means that you will be able to contact one of the team here at Nigel Weller and Co to assist you at the Police Station.
6. Make notes of what was said and by whom on the day of any visit by the RSPCA. It may well be many months before you know if you are going to be charged and so it is imperative that you make notes of what happened at the time.