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What To Do If You Witness Dog/Animal Abuse

What is animal abuse?

Definition: Animal cruelty is when someone hurts an animal or does not care for an animal responsibly, such as not giving a dog or cat food and water, shelter or vet care.  It is against the law to be cruel to or to harm animals, even your own pets.  It is also called animal abuse or neglect.

Sometimes this is deliberate and other times it is not, but either way it is abuse and needs to be stopped.

Some signs to look for:
Severe hair loss
Limping or obvious injuries
Animals kept outside in extreme weather condtions
Severe parasite infestation
Animals left behind when a family moves away
Animals being forces to live in filthy conditions
Extremely underweight
Eye illnesses
A person hitting or kicking an animal
Animals who are very fearful of their owners
Animals locked in hot cars (extreme cold too)
Severely ungroomed animal s
Hoarding of animals
Dogs that are chained up endlessly

What to do:
*Contact your local animal shelter, your local police and or animal control.  911 is also an option.
*If it's not being taken care of locally, you can contact The Humane Society of The United States at 202-452-1100.
*Gather as much information as possible through notes and photos.
*Take action and get involved with any current animal friendly bills and legislation going on in your state.


  1. Good tips. It is sad we live in a world where people hurt animals (and each other).

  2. Great info and we hope we never have to see any of those things. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Very good tips. I cannot stand anyone that abuses animals in any way.

  4. I agree with you, it's important to take action... even when it is sometimes not easy... but to treat an animal badly is a no-go ...
    easy rider

  5. These are great tips, so important to know what to do in that kind of situation!

  6. Thank you for posting this. People need to be aware.


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