What To Do If You Suspect Animal Cruelty

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 11:00am

Animal cruelty can happen anywhere. From hoarding to neglect, animals are placed in dangerous situations every single day. It’s an upsetting fact, but you can help prevent and stop animal cruelty from happening in your neighborhood.

Here are some steps you can take to be an advocate for animals:

Learn how to recognize signs of animal cruelty. There are often warning signs that are indicators that animals are being treated inhumanely. Some are more apparent than others, but by studying this list, you’ll know what to look out for.

Know who to call. Find out who is responsible for investigating and enforcing the anti-cruelty codes in your town, county or state. This might include your local humane organization, animal control agency, taxpayer-funded animal shelter or police precinct.

Provide a detailed report. When reporting animal cruelty, it is best to give a concise statement about what you’ve witnessed or suspect. Include photos if at all possible. Don’t forget to include dates, times, and as many details as you can in your report. Keep copies for your own records and take notes!

Follow up. If you don't receive a response from the officer assigned to your case within a reasonable length of time, don't be afraid to contact his supervisor and, if necessary, local government officials.

For more information about reporting animal cruelty, please check out our Animal Cruelty FAQ.

If you witness or suspect animal cruelty in New York City, please contact ASPCA's Humane Law Enforcement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450, or [email protected].

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Carol Dupuis

As read in a newspaper article and seen on a local TV newscast 65 [mostly small ] dogs were rescued from a below freezing barn in Bethlehem CT run by a director of SPCA. How do you screen people who are supposed to protect animals not subject them to this type of cruelty. It makes me not want to contribute to this organization. I would like to know what will be done to stop this as this director hasother facilities he is responsible for [God forbid]


i wonder why us, humans do this think, it is absolutely sickening and I notice that when people do animal cruelty, they will think its sooooo bad when human or sex trafficking occurs.

hash fighter

I agree! humans harming animals -they'll be tempted to kill it but when it comes to humans turning against their own by making them as slaves (eg. sex slaves) to another person well, nosiree!!!!!


I am sorry but this does not work, I found 2 dogs one of which was a very young pit maybe 3 months. They were tied very tightly to a gate. The front yard was full of feces and full of junk and tools and no shade.. Obviously there to protect the tools!! There was no water, no food and they could not reach their dog house. I drove by the next day took photos and left a printed out copy of the leash law, gave them some treats ( they were now off the chains) Called the city. I never received a call I had to call back and the said that my complaint was unfounded. They did not want the photos of the skinny dogs or the short chains or the appalling conditions. I complained again and no one called me. I called back they said my complaints were unfounded. The dogs have suffered through the heat of the Texas sun....I felt helpless, I cant steal the dogs as in Tx you can be shot, I take treats. I feel hopeless and helpless with no where to turn. The city does not care, these people are getting a pay check they don't want to get involved it might cause them extra work. So what do you do when those in charge of animal cruelty turn a blind eye.. do I have to take the body of a dead dog before some one gets off there large behind... I am mad!!


Go public. Call the local newspaper. Call the local TV station and have them investigate. Give them your photos.

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