We thank Mr Nelson Quah for his letter, "What to do if motorist hits animal?" (my paper, March 21).
For the benefit of all motorists, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) wants to highlight that, under the Road Traffic Act, a driver of a vehicle that is involved in a road accident where damage or injury is caused to any person, vehicle, structure or animal is under obligation to report the accident at a police station or to a police officer within 24 hours of the occurrence.
If any person fails to comply, he would be guilty of an offence.
The SPCA issues the following guidelines:
- Stop the vehicle at a safe place and call the SPCA emergency line on 6287-5355 (extension 9) to report the accident.
- Check if the animal is injured.
- Move the animal to a safe area if it is lying in the middle of the road (if you are able and it is safe for you to do so).
- Give our customer-service officer clear directions to the animal's location so that our animal-rescue officers can get to its aid; stay by the animal until our animal-rescue officers arrive at the scene.
- If our rescue officers cannot get to the scene immediately because they are conducting another rescue, please take the animal to the SPCA, or our customer-service officer can advise you on the nearest veterinary clinic you can take the injured animal to.
- Report the accident to the police within 24 hours.
Ms Corinne Fong
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
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