Help Stop Animal Cruelty

Jan 20, 2018 | Pet Health, Pets

I recently heard about a conversation that played out between a local grocery store employee and a local customer which prompted me to write this blog.  I live in West Virginia and temperatures have gone below freezing over the last couple of weeks.  We have gotten more snow than what we wanted or expected.  The employee proceeded to say that she had been turned in by her neighbors for keeping her dogs outside in this weather.  She could not understand this and felt that her dogs were ok to be outside without what you would call “proper shelter”; that they didn’t need much because they had lots of fur.  I mind my own business but I’m pretty sure that if I was standing there, I would have agreed with the shopper and told her this was animal cruelty.  

“Jake and Maggie…what little hams they are”.  “From tackling each other in the snow to playing ‘hide and go seek’, they wore themselves out”!  “Well, as you can see, they didn’t hide very well”. LOL!  “Jake can’t quite fit all the way under the bed anymore and Maggie just picked my bathroom mat to lay on”. 


Interested in reading more about pet health, check out my previous posts here:


Defining Cruelty and some clarification on some of the topics


Lack of Veterinary Care

Lack of Proper Shelter

Chained Dogs


Beating and Physical Abuse

Pets Left in Cars

Animal Fighting and Organized Cruelty

Sometimes all it takes is a phone call but what happens if it’s not that easy.  Here are some suggestions to help animals in need and remember, if you see someone beating an animal, chances are there is abuse against a child or another person as well. 

  1. Call 911, animal control, your local animal shelter and program the number in your phone.  
  2. Document as many details of the abuse as you can via phone, video, dates, times, and phone numbers of others who have seen the abuse, and be prepared to report your information.  If you can stay on the scene to make sure the authorities arrive, it is a tremendous help.
  3. Be prepared to testify if need be.  
  4. If your area lacks the proper animal welfare agency, and your local authorities are not equipped to deal with animal cruelty cases, you can also email or call The HSUS ​and ask to speak with one of their experts about the suspected abuse.

Want to know more about The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) ​​and how they can help.

The Humane Society of the United States
1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037

202-452-1100 or 866-720-2676
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., or
Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.

In case of emergency
If you have found a stray or injured animal, please call your local animal care and control agency immediately. You can search for your local agency online at Pets911 or Petfinder.

To report a case of animal cruelty, neglect or abuse, please contact your local law enforcement agency. You can search for the proper authorities in your area here.

If you have a veterinary emergency, please call your local veterinarian or veterinary emergency hospital. You can search for vet emergency hospitals online at Pets911.

HSUS tip lines

To report illegal dogfighting, call our Dogfighting Tip Line at 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787). 

To report cruelty associated with a puppy mill, please call 877-MILL-TIP (877-645-5847).

To report illegal horse soring, please call 855-NO-SORING (855-667-6746).

The HSUS will protect the anonymity of all callers. Verified claims, and/or those leading to arrest and conviction may be eligible for a reward.

If you see an animal in need of help, please take action!  All it takes is one phone call.  


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