Ways to Spot Animal Cruelty
- Know who to call to report animal cruelty. Every state and every town are different. In some areas, you may have to rely on the police department to investigate animal cruelty; in others, you may have to contact local animal control or another municipal agency.
- Get to know and look out for the animals in your neighborhood. By being aware, you’re more likely to notice, for example, that the horse next door that was once hefty has lost weight rapidly—a possible indicator of abuse.
- Make the call. Without phone calls from concerned citizens who report cruelty in their neighborhoods, we wouldn’t know about most instances of animal abuse. It all comes from the public, it all starts with YOU—that’s why it’s so important to keep your eyes and ears open.
- Provide as much as information as possible when reporting animal cruelty. The details that you provide can go a long way toward assisting an investigating officer. It helps to write down the type of cruelty you witnessed, who was involved, the date of the incident and where it took place.
- Contact your local law enforcement department and let them know that investigating animal cruelty should be a priority. Animal cruelty is a CRIME—and the police MUST investigate these crimes.
- Set a good example for others. If you have pets, be sure to always show them the love and good care they deserve. But it’s more than just food, water, and adequate shelter. If you think your animal is sick, bring him to the veterinarian. And give your pets lots of hugs!
- Talk to your kids about how to treat animals with kindness and respect. We regularly see children in homes where animal abuse has been reported. If a parent isn’t treating the family’s pet right, we tell the kids that their dog or cat would really appreciate fresh water every day or some daily playtime. If the animal has been left outside without shelter, we’ll say, ‘You have a nice house, and if you get cold, you can put a coat on. But your dog can’t do that.’ Children understand that animals are living creatures that have the ability to feel pain, joy, and sadness.
- Support your local shelter or animal rescue organization. It’s a great way to make a difference. Some of our Ranch Hand Rescue volunteers foster animals that have been abused in their former homes, giving these farm animals the chance they deserve to have a good life.
- Start a Neighborhood Watch Program. Get to know the animals in your neighborhood and invite your friends and neighbors to do the same. Together you can keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviors—abuse and neglect of companion animals, the mistreatment of local wildlife, dogs left in hot cars, and other signs of abuse.
If you have any leads on suspected animal cruelty please call (940) 464-0985 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All tips remain anonymous.