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posted by Stacy on Dec 22

Top 10 Ways to Prevent Animal Cruelty

If you’re a fan of the award-winning reality series Animal Precinct, then you’ve already seen the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement’s Supervisory Special Investigator Annemarie Lucas in action. But did you know that you, too, can help crack down on animal cruelty in your own community? Read on for Officer Lucas’s take on making the world a safer place for animals:

1. Be aware. Without phone calls from the concerned citizens who report cruelty in their neighborhoods, we wouldn’t know about most instances of animal abuse. It all comes from the public, it all starts with YOU—that’s why it’s so important to keep your eyes and ears open. Get to know and look out for the animals in your neighborhood. By being aware, you’re more likely to notice, for example, that the dog next door who was once hefty has lost weight rapidly—a possible indicator of abuse.

2. Learn to recognize animal cruelty. Here are some signs and symptoms that we see in many of the cases we investigate:

  • Tick or flea infestations. Such a condition, if left untreated by a veterinarian, can lead to an animal’s death.
  • Wounds on the body.
  • Patches of missing hair.
  • Extremely thin, starving animals.
  • Limping.
  • An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
  • Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.
  • Dogs who have been hit by cars-or are showing any of the signs listed above-and have not been taken to a veterinarian.
  • Dogs who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.
  • Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners.

3. Know who to call to report animal cruelty. We’re lucky here at the ASPCA in New York City, because we have Humane Law Enforcement officers who have the power to investigate and arrest perpetrators of animal cruelty in the state of New York. But every state and even every town is different. In some areas, you may have to rely on the police department to investigate animal cruelty; in others, you may have to contact local animal control or another municipal agency. If you aren’t sure where to report cruelty visit our Report Animal Cruelty section.

4. Provide as much as information as possible when reporting animal cruelty. The details that you provide can go a long way toward assisting the investigating officer. It helps to write down the type of cruelty that you witnessed, who was involved, the date of the incident and where it took place.

5. Call or write your local law enforcement department and let them know that investigating animal cruelty should be a priority. Animal cruelty is a CRIME—and the police MUST investigate these crimes.

6. Know your state’s animal cruelty laws. These vary from state to state, and even from city to city. You can visit the ASPCA’s online database of more than 550 animal cruelty laws—and their penalties—in all 50 states.

7. Fight for the passage of strong anti-cruelty laws on federal, state and local levels by joining the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade. It’s frustrating when I have built a strong case against someone who has been arrested for cruelty to animals and the judge treats it like a simple violation. But with stronger laws, they’ll be more likely to receive tougher penalties. As an ASPCA Advocacy Brigade member, you’ll receive emails asking you to write letters encouraging your legislators to pass these laws-and you can send them directly from our website.

8. Set a good example for others. If you have pets, be sure to always show them the love and good care that they deserve. But it’s more than just food, water, and adequate shelter. If you think your animal is sick, bring him to the veterinarian. Be responsible and have your animals spayed or neutered. And I always give my own pets lots of hugs when I get home!

9. Talk to your kids about how to treat animals with kindness and respect. I regularly see children in homes where animal abuse has been reported. If a parent isn’t treating the family’s pets right, I tell kids that their dog or cat would really appreciate fresh water every day, or if they spent some time playing with them. If the animal has been left outside without shelter, I’ll say, ‘You have a nice house, and if you get cold, you can put a coat on. But your dog can’t do that. Don’t you think he’d like a nice warm place to go, too?’ I know of families who watch Animal Precinct together, and I think this can help children understand that animals are living creatures who have the ability to feel pain, joy and sadness. You can see these emotions on the faces of the animals on the show.

10. Support your local shelter or animal rescue organization. Before I even knew that police for animals existed, I was volunteering at an animal shelter. It’s a great way to make a difference. Some of our ASPCA volunteers foster animals who have been abused in their former homes, giving these dogs and cats the chance they deserve to have a good life. You can find a list of shelters and rescue groups in your area in our National Shelter Directory.

Hey, kids! Officer Lucas has some tips on fighting cruelty just for you!

17 Comments to “10 Ways to Help Stop Animal Cruelty”

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  2. Jane Says:

    I love this blog. Thank you for all you do to help animals here.

  3. jada Says:

    i am jada. i would like to know if it was okay if i could interview one of you representatives who work for you(that are against animal abuse).
    i am asking you this because we are wprking on a project in civics class called “Project Citizen” and it is on animal abuse
    i would be very apprecative if you could email me.
    thank you and please get back to me soon.

  4. CArrie Says:

    i love this blog because im am all againsit animal abuse and it needs to stop om trying mt hardest to get it to get it to stop..
    i think that if u kill an animal its murdur so you should go to jail.
    so please help me stop animal abuse it cruel and in humane. in nereds to stop!!

  5. Hollyann Says:

    I just say a commercial where it was a dog and it said Why did they abandon me and i started to get tears. Why would people do that to animals? That is just sad. Number 1 if u get a animal and u abuse y do u even get the animal? I am AGAINEST animal cruelty. My job works with helping animals though so it mad it harder knowing thoughs many animals that cannot be saved people just let there life go everyone it needs to stop!

  6. Ainslee Rose Says:

    i always cry when the animal commercials come on about hurt animals, and i really want to help stop animal cruelty!!!

  7. Shawn Says:

    i want to stop animal cruelty! so much!! but i am ony 12! i know where to go if i see animal being miss treated. some times its too late! there are many ads on tv saying call now to save an animal AND I WANT TO but i think that my parents would want to take money, monthly out of there pockets in this poor ecomny. i dont know what to do!!
    i was sad when i had herd that one animal was just siting on the street laying down flat in the street! the animal was very miss treated by its owner. its claws were so long that they curve to the skin. it needed a hair cut badly. it was almost fully blind. and when i saw on tv that the dog finaly got help and saw the the wag on the dogs tale! i almost cryed!!

  8. jm Says:

    am a very big fan of animals i do hate it when owners mistreat their pets what is the point in having a pet if your going to mistreat it. when i see animals being mistreated i do my best to stop it but sometimes it is not enough. but when those t.v ads come on we have no money to support it but we do what ever we can for example flyers or letters to companies.

  9. Brenda Says:

    animal cruelty is just wrong and i just wished all who did it would pay the same way they did to the animals, i usually read that if i see a stray that i should call the cops, but i have seen on tv that most of the times they don’t do anything to save them or help them…instead THEY SHOOT THEM, i’ve seen this many times on the news and it really boils up my blood. They were made cops to protect and serve not only humans but animals. They have also shown cops who beat dogs to death. When i saw this i got really sick and even started hyperventilating. i really want to donate, a million if possible to all those places made for helping animals but im only 16 and dont have a job. i just hope that sooner or later the words animal cruelty won’t exist anymore. iwould also wish there was some type of group who would do the same and beat all animals abusers, let them know first hand how it feels.

  10. Alikki Says:

    Be sure to tell the abuser to stop

  11. Loreal Says:

    animal cruelty is just wrong. no one should have a pet if they dont want to take care of it and give it love and care. its jsut wrong of how people just abuse their animals, just for either the fun of it or because of research. no animal should be abused in anyway.

  12. belac resseb Says:

    i hate animal cruelty

  13. raunaq Says:

    god…..i can do anything 2 stop animal cruelty………….. poor animalss……… ;(

  14. Devina Says:

    People should be charged or jailed when the abuse animals. In oure country Guyana, ppl kill these poor animals n the government just sit on their thrones n watch. this is like the survival of hell for animals.

  15. kittenface Says:

    hey everyone out there who wants to stop animal cruelty i have a way to stop animal cruelty.

    OK so as we all know the people who do the animal cruelty obesly do it because they don’t like animals so if everyone can get more people to like animals and the people who do animal cruelty to like animals by showing them how cute animals are then they probably won’t do animal cruelty because they will like animals.


  16. kittenface Says:

    Help make a change!

    do you want to help the world and change it so it is just rite but you don’t know what needs to be done or stopped or mabye you just need some advise so you know what to do then hed to the website at:

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  17. Deborah Says:

    Animal abuse is becoming the norm on reality shows. It disgusts me that these hypocrites actually believe their own lies. All they want is ratings. Abusing women and children isn’t enough. Now it’s animals. I’d like to see a show where we feed animal abusers, (and if you kill them, you are abusing them), to hungry lions. Think of the ratings! Anybody buyin”?

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