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Animal Abuse

Animal Cruelty
Report suspected cruelty immediately to the person/agency in your area who is responsible for investigating and enforcing the anti-cruelty codes. Typically it will be the person/agency who works at your local humane society, animal control agency, local animal shelter or your police precinct. Go to: to visit the ASPCA's searchable database to find your areas enforcing agency, as well as, the Statues/Laws for your State.

Animal Neglect is also Abuse:  (taken from The National Humane Education Society)

Most of us understand that the intentional, violent killing of an animal is both illegal and morally reprehensible. That stated, neglecting an animal to the point of causing suffering or death qualifies as animal cruelty, regardless of the offender's intent. For instance, the following examples of neglect can all cause an animal intense suffering or death:
  • Continuous dog chaining
  • Failure to provide necessary food, shelter, and veterinary care
  • Long periods of confinement
  • Leaving an animal in a hot car
  • Having more animals than can be adequately cared for

Although not as attention-grabbing as overt violence, animal neglect is probably the most common manifestation of animal cruelty.

How to Combat Cruelty in Your Community:

1.  Get as much information as possible without putting yourself in danger or breaking any laws. Note the time, date,
     license plate  numbers, addresses, and witnesses and animals involved. If possible, photograph evidence.

2.  Contact your town or county's animal control office any time you suspect animal cruelty. In many cases, you can
     ask that a "welfare check" be conducted without filing a formal report.

3.  Do NOT report animal cruelty to social networking sites or charities that lack law enforcement capacity. If you
     witness animal neglect or cruelty, report it to law enforcement or 911.

4.  Do NOT share or forward images of animal cruelty online. In many cases, this only grants animal abusers the
     notoriety they seek. Report offensive and violent imagery to website administrators.

5.  Bring humane education programs to your areas, schools and community events. Get information about free NHES
     programs and activity ideas at

6.  Write your local lawmakers to express your support of laws and ordinances that call for higher standards of care
     for animals. Stay on top of animal issues in the news at the NHES Paws Up/Paws Down blog.

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