Animal abuse can occur anywhere.
Animal abuse can occur anywhere: urban, rural or suburban areas. It knows no boundaries of wealth, education or culture. Animal cruelty happens in every state to animals of all shapes and sizes, from fish to rats to dogs and cats to horses. The methods used are as varied as the perpetrators themselves, but the results are always the same: animals beaten and battered, starved, neglected or forced to fight.
It’s important to note that because animal cruelty is often a symptom of larger problems within a family or community that involve other forms of violence such as child abuse and domestic violence. For example, individuals who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people; 70 percent of animal abusers also abuse children; 50 percent of spouse/partner abusers also abuse pets; an estimated two million pets were killed by domestic violence abusers in order to frighten their partners into compliance with their wishes; pet owners living in homes characterized by child physical abuse were 11 times more likely than others to report past year pet abuse.
Animal cruelty can involve more than neglect and intentional abuse.
There are many ways people can be cruel to animals. Some of the forms of intentional animal cruelty that we see reported include:
Injury, overworking, and neglecting animals. This can happen in a variety of settings, including companion animals, livestock, and zoo animals. People who injure, overwork or neglect an animal because they want to get rid of it or because they don’t have enough money to care for it may face charges under the Criminal Code (see Cruelty to Animals section) as well as provincial charges under the Ontario SPCA Act.
Performing experiments on animals without a licence issued by Health Canada (this is also known as animal abuse). Research facilities that conduct research on animals must be licensed by Health Canada before they begin their work. If someone is not licensed but still conducts research on animals anyway, he or she can face a fine up to $5 million and five years’ imprisonment for each offence. It’s important to note that the word ‘research’ applies only when experiments (such as surgeries) are done for scientific reasons; it does not apply if experiments are being performed for educational purposes or just out of curiosity.
Capturing wild birds or other wild creatures within city limits. This includes trapping any wild bird that has already been captured by man (except domestic pigeons), buying or selling any wild bird except a domestic pigeon, and taking away its eggs without authorization from the federal government (Migratory Birds Convention Act 1994). If you break this law you could be fined up to $50 000 and sentenced to six months in prison.$50 000 and six months in prison
Animal abuse is a serious problem that negatively affects both humans and animals.
Animal abuse is a serious problem that negatively affects both humans and animals, yet it frequently goes unreported. It’s important to know the signs of animal abuse and what to do if you suspect a case of animal cruelty.
Abusing any animal—dog, cat, chicken, hamster—is against the law in every state. Animal cruelty is a serious crime, with felony convictions possible for extreme cases. However, the majority of cases are misdemeanor charges. In either case, multiple offenses can result in jail time and fines up to $5,000 depending on state laws.
Studies show that animal cruelty is often a precursor to domestic violence and child abuse; it’s very common for abusers who hurt animals also harm their spouse or partner and/or children as well as elders in the family (and vice-versa). If there is evidence of animal abuse in your community or home environment, it’s imperative to call authorities immediately
Animal cruelty laws exist in every state, and follow-up investigations almost always require some form of local law enforcement intervention.
Animal cruelty laws exist in every state, and follow-up investigations almost always require some form of local law enforcement intervention. It is the responsibility of animal control officers to handle a complaint of animal cruelty, but there are many agencies who assist with these types of cases including humane societies and rescue leagues. Local law enforcement also needs to be involved if an animal is abandoned or left unattended.
The best way to prevent animal cruelty is to report it when you see it.
The most important way to combat animal cruelty is to report it as soon as you see it.
If you witness animal cruelty or neglect, please report it! You may feel uncomfortable reporting an incident of animal cruelty, but your effort could potentially save an innocent life. By reporting animal abuse, you may help prevent another act of violence or abuse and give prosecutors the evidence they need to convict a criminal. Reporting suspected abuse also gives authorities the opportunity to offer help and support for both the victim and his owner.
Report Animal Cruelty by Calling Your Local Police Department
In certain cases, local police departments will respond immediately to reports of animal cruelty if there is concern that the situation constitutes a threat to public safety. If you believe that a crime is in progress (such as an injured dog chained outside without food or water), calling 911 is appropriate; however, under most circumstances your local police department’s non-emergency number will connect you with the appropriate agency able to investigate and respond appropriately.
Report Animal Cruelty by Calling Your County Sheriff’s Office
In some parts of the country, county sheriff’s offices are responsible for investigating reports of animal cruelty. If your local police department does not investigate reports of animal cruelty in your area, they should be able to provide you with contact information for the agency responsible for doing so. Sometimes this can be tricky: an SPCA or humane society might have jurisdiction in one county but not another right next door! The best thing to do is ask your local shelter officials who investigates complaints in their community and follow up on those recommendations rather than making assumptions based on zip code alone. When all else fails call 311 (in most large cities) or use Google!
There are laws against animal cruelty and it’s important to know how they work
You know it’s wrong, but do you know that it’s actually a crime? Well, it is. In all 50 states, it’s illegal to abuse or neglect a pet. The problem is that the laws are enforced at the state and local level, not the federal level, so they vary from place to place. They can also be complicated: in many cases, prosecutors will have to prove intent before animal abuse charges can be filed. That’s why staying vigilant and reporting any suspected animal cruelty you come across is important: if something looks suspicious, don’t just walk away—instead, call your local police department or animal control agency for help.
Make sure all of your pets have visible identification tags with contact information on them at all times.
Never leave your dog alone in your backyard—they could get loose and end up at the pound or worse!
If you suspect someone might be abusing their pet but haven’t seen any signs yet (like bruises), try talking with friends who live nearby so they’re aware too!