Tuesday, June 9, 2015

How to Report Animal Abuse


Animals abuse is heartbreaking.  Animals are innocent and trusting and cannot speak for themselves.  If you witness animal neglect or abuse, it is important to report it to the proper authorities.

In Houston, animal abuse should be reported to the SPCA.  You can report by telephone or online.
Here is a link to report animal abuse in Montgomery County Texas to Crime Stoppers or to Animal control.

If you see animal abuse or neglect, get as many details as possible. For instance it's important to give as much location information as you can. Cross streets, ZIP Code and landmarks, are all helpful. If you see a person involved, try to give a description.

You can call in a report or you can file it online. If it is an emergency situation you should call it in, or even try both methods.

The following actions are illegal in Texas; torturing an animal, failing to provide food care or shelter to an animal, killing seriously injuring or poisoning an animal, injuring the animal of another, seriously overworking an animal, making animals fight with each other, using a live animal as a lure in a dog race, or tripping a horse.

A person found guilty of animal cruelty may face criminal charges (misdemeanor or felony), civil charges and fines, and loss of their animals.

For other areas, here is a link to the SPCA. 

Here is an excellent resource from Michigan State University (Table of Reporting Animal Cruelty in the United States) that includes information about where to report animal abuse in other states and areas. This site includes information for livestock and includes information about federal animal welfare law.

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