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How to Report Cruelty in Your Community

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 4:00pm

So, you want to make a difference for animals in your community, but aren’t sure where to start? Well, ASPCA experts agree that one of the most important things you can do is learn how to recognize and report animal cruelty.

“Without tips from the public, many animals would remain in abusive circumstances, unable to defend themselves,” says ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Supervisory Special Investigator and star of Animal Planet’s Animal Precinct, Annemarie Lucas. “We commend the brave and swift actions of concerned citizens who report cruelty.”

Whether you’ve seen the dog next door outside without proper shelter or witnessed the physical abuse of a neighborhood cat, you can help. To lend a hand, our experts have created an easy step-by-step guide to help you recognize and report animal cruelty.

Here’s a sneak peek at our Reporting Cruelty FAQ:

  • If I report my neighbor for committing animal cruelty, and that person’s animal is taken away and put in a shelter, isn’t the animal worse off?
    It’s important to understand that reporting cruelty is always the right thing to do. Animal control officers never remove an animal from the home unless absolutely necessary. A seized animal will then have the chance to get much-needed veterinary and behavior care.
     
  • Can I remain anonymous when I file an animal cruelty complaint?
    Yes, and it is better to file an anonymous report than to do nothing—but please consider providing your information. Agencies have limited resources, and the case is more likely to be pursued when there are credible witnesses willing to stand behind the report and, if necessary, testify in court.

Get all the facts about recognizing animal cruelty in our Reporting Cruelty FAQ.

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Anonymous

I see 2 dogs left in the patio without any shelter in this cold weather

Anonymous

can any one help them. Outside temperature is 25F

Anonymous

Everyday, I drive past three mares. At first, they started out where they looked a little skinny, but not much. I started feeding them carrots everyday. Then one suddenly went missing. They had a tiny little bit of shelter, and no visible water source. They were fed, but it was survival of the fittest. Then the other two mares disappeared also. The owner, when I asked him, said that the first was struck by lightning, and he sold the other two. Then, the next day, there are three ponies, two look like mules, and the last one a mini pony. We fed them religiously, and we saw many others doing the same. But it seems like everyday they are a little skinnier, and I don't want them to die. It's very hot here, and with no water... I'm worried for them. The guy owns lots of animals, including peacocks, pigs, dogs, and horses. I am worried for all of these animals, but especially the horses. I don't know his exact address, but it is on Lowell Ave, Tampa FL 33624. You can't miss it if you go by it.

Quintin

My dad's roommate keeps 3 cat locked in a 10x10 room, no windows opened in 80 degree weather, no air conditioning. Numerous times she leaves them there for 3-5 days without having anyone refill their food or water. I have gone in her room and food bowl and water bowl have been empty on the second day. She had no intention on coming back for 3 more days so I filled up their food and water. She keeps them locked in the room and doesn't let them come out she cleans their litter box once a month. The room stinks terribly and it is terrible hot to the point I started sweating. Please help these cats out, they are always meowing and she told us not to go in her room. It needs to be stopped

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anonymous

in my neighborhood there is a brown and white pitbull that lives with a couple of whom the man beats the dog. i have witnessed him take the dog by the throat and throw it out the door i have heard him yelling and the dog yelping in pain as if being kicked when you walk up to the fence the dog puts down its ears and hides it tail and runs when the man comes out there is times where he will kick the dog as he come home in the early AM when i getting ready for work the man dresses in 49er shirts a 49er hat with low baggy shorts this is a beautiful dog and it is ashamed as a fellow dog owner to see this animal be abused this is in the coalinga area on the street of E Pleasant the house has a large porch with a black railing and the porch ground is red the house was recently painted and it is a corner house on a side cross street i wish to remain anonymous but i also wish to see this dog saved