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Taking Legal Action Against Animal Abandonment in the Philippines: A Guide from Lawyers Online PH

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

Ms. P asks: A dog in my village was left behind by its owners who migrated abroad. I was informed that the relatives of the owners were instructed to care for the house and the dog every Wednesday, but that the visits happen very seldom.

I have reported this situation to the Home Owners Association (“HOA”), and have asked them what plans they have given the situation. However, no action has been taken by the HOA.

Can I compel the HOA to escalate a case of animal neglect/abandonment, and what legal actions may be thrown against me as a result of the actions I took to save the dog?


Animal abandonment is a serious offense in the Philippines, as stated in Section 7 of Republic Act No. 10631. If you come across a case of animal neglect or abandonment, it's essential to know your rights and the legal actions you can take to address the situation effectively.

Understanding Animal Abandonment Laws in the Philippines

The Philippines has strict laws against animal abandonment. The Republic Act No. 10631, also known as the Animal Welfare Act, provides protection for all animals and includes specific provisions against animal neglect and abandonment.

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Addressing the Issue with the Home Owners Association (HOA)

In cases where a pet has been left behind by its owners, compelling the Home Owners Association (HOA) to escalate the case of animal neglect or abandonment may be challenging. However, there are steps you can take as an individual to address the issue.

Taking Legal Recourse as an Individual

You can file a complaint with the barangay, directly file a case before the City Prosecutor's Office, or seek assistance from animal welfare organizations. It's important to gather substantial evidence, such as photos, documentation, and witness testimonies that support your case.


At Lawyers Online PH, we serve as a bridge between passionate advocates against animal abandonment and legal experts who can provide the necessary support and guidance. We recognize the significance of animal welfare and are committed to assisting you in taking legal action.

When it comes to protecting the rights of animals and combating animal cruelty, our team of dedicated lawyers is here to help. We understand the importance of your advocacy, and we will work closely with you to ensure that your rights as an advocate against animal abandonment are protected and upheld.

By seeking legal advice and taking appropriate legal actions, we can make a difference in promoting animal welfare in the Philippines. Together, let's stand against animal cruelty and work towards a society that values and protects our furry friends.

Contact Lawyers Online PH today to connect with our experienced lawyers who are passionate about animal welfare. Let us join forces to create a positive impact and ensure a brighter future for our beloved animals.

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