If animal cruelty is suspected, residents should call their local police department. Once investigated, if the situation is found to be authentic, the Humane Society will assist in the aftermath.
How to Recognize Animal Cruelty (taken from the www.aspca.org website)
Click here to find the contact information for your local Animal Control Officer.
Physical signs of cruelty:
· Tight collar that has caused a neck wound or has become imbedded in the animal’s neck.
· Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds or an ongoing injury or illness that isn’t being treated.
· Untreated skin conditions that have caused loss of hair, scaly skin, bumps or rashes.
· Extreme thinness or emaciation – bones may be visible.
· Fur infested with fleas, ticks, or other parasites.
· Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails, and dirty coat.
· Weakness, limping, or the inability to stand or walk normally.
· Heavy discharge from eyes or nose.
· A person striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
Environmental Signs of Cruelty:
· Pets are tied up outside for long periods of time without adequate food or water, or with food or water that is unsanitary.
· Pets are kept outside in inclement weather without access to adequate shelter.
· Pets are kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass, or other objects that could harm them.
· Animals are housed in kennels or cages (very often crowded in with other animals) that are too small to allow them to stand, turn around, and make normal movements.
For more information, please visit https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AI/Laws_and_Regulations.html.
How to Report Cruelty
Try to gather the following information before submitting a report of animal cruelty.
· A concise, written, factual statement of what you observed – giving dates an approximate times whenever possible – to provide to law enforcement.
· Photographs of the location, the animals in question, and the surrounding area. NOTE: Do not put yourself in danger! Do not enter another person’s property without permission and exercise great caution around unfamiliar animals who may be frightened or in pain.
· If you can, provide law enforcement with the names and contact information of other people who have firsthand information about the situation.
· It is possible to file an anonymous report, but please consider providing your information. The case is more likely to be pursued when there are credible witnesses willing to stand behind the report and, if necessary, testify in court.
The above information is only a guide. If you witness or hear about animal cruelty taking place, do not hesitate to call and discuss the situation with us for guidance.
By getting involved, you can make a difference.