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 www.nhes.org
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.