Next month is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. If you are aware of cases of animal cruelty, please call the police or call us and we will help you identify the best course of action. Below are some suggestions of what to look for from the Humane Society.
Animal neglect comprises the vast majority of cruelty cases to which animal control officers respond. Animal neglect can take on many forms, including:
- Hoarding: A person who keeps far more animals than they can properly care for is a hoarder.
- Lack of veterinary care: Untreated wounds are a red flag that demand immediate attention; emaciation, scabs, and hair loss can also be a sign of untreated, underlying diseases.
- Inadequate shelter, especially in extreme heat or cold temperatures, can be deadly to pets.
- Chained dogs who are tethered continuously suffer tremendously, both from social isolation and exposure to predators and the elements.
- Abandonment: A startling number of animals die every year when people move out of their residences and simply leave the animals behind. Sometimes, an abandoned dog's barking or cat's howling can alert the neighbors, but it's wise to keep an eye on a recently vacated home, especially if the former residents moved suddenly.
It can be very upsetting to see someone beating or physically attacking an animal, but it's important not to turn away.
Especially when violence is concerned, it's crucial to involve law enforcement, because violence toward animals is often part of a larger pattern of violence that includes people as well as animals.