When You Witness Animal Cruelty

It can be disturbing-and heartbreaking-to witness an act of animal cruelty. Whether it be an acute act of violence or chronic neglect, find out what you can do when you witness animal cruelty.

You go into a pet store to buy some delicious treats for your oh-so-adorable companion animal, only to find out that the store is selling live animals and keeping them in appalling conditions. Learn what you can do.

It is very disturbing when your local humane organizations are not addressing the needs of animals in your community in an effective and compassionate manner. Learn what should be expected from your local humane organizations.

It can be heartbreaking to see a neighbor’s animal suffering in a situation of neglect. Depending on the situation, there are various ways you can help the animal or animals involved. Read for more information.

An interactive map lists the names and phone numbers of 6,513 animal cruelty investigating agencies organized by county and city within each state. Because animal abuse is now widely seen as a “red flag” that often indicates other family violence, the Directory also includes each state’s domestic violence and sexual assault crisis lines and hotline numbers for reporting suspected child and elder abuse.

The Internet and social media are reflections of our society. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

There are many reasons why a prosecutor may choose not to pursue criminal cruelty charges, even when it appears to us that the perpetrator is obviously guilty. Find out why, and what you can do to help ensure animal abusers are prosecuted.

Hoarding is one of the most egregious forms of animal cruelty, affecting tens of thousands of animals – mostly cats and dogs – in communities nationwide. Find out how to spot it and what you can do to stop it.

The secrecy with which animals in laboratories are kept from the public eye is no accident. The use of animals in laboratories often amounts to legally-sanctioned animal abuse.

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