The statistics don’t lie.
As many as 1,400 pets are neglected or abused each year, and many of these animals do not survive to the next, according to Humane Society statistics in 2011. Even more cases go unreported, but the signs are there, and some of those animals may yet have a chance if those who see something say something.
Animal abuse is illegal in every state and has been linked to other violent crimes, like violence against children.
So is animal abuse happening in your community?
If you see someone abusing an animal, you should contact the police department or call 9-1-1 immediately. But there’s a greater chance it’s happening behind closed doors, and if you know what to look for, you could make a big difference in the life of an animal in need.
Keep in mind, the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Here are the most common signs of animal abuse:
9. No Food or Water
An animal left alone without food or water may already be on edge, wondering where its next meal will come from. Happening regularly enough, such neglect can lead to aggression and long-term behavioral issues.
But even in the worst conditions, there is still hope.
8. No Shelter
Even when the weather isn’t bad, an animal outdoors still needs shelter from the sun. Left outdoors without proper shelter, pets are much more prone to suffer from illness and injury.
During the winter, an outdoor pet shelter is imperative. Animals left in the cold without respite from the elements are much more likely to suffer from frostbite or even freeze to death.
7. Fleas, flies, or parasites
A clean and healthy animal is just that, and animals suffering from chronic bites or infestation are often not getting the care they deserve.
If animal abuse is observed and documented, animal control officers have an easier time enforcing the law. In 2017, a man in Pennsylvania was charged with animal cruelty for neglecting to take his two flea-infested dogs, a Pit Bull and a Pomeranian, to a veterinarian.
6. Lack of Supervision
It’s one of the most common forms of animal cruelty, the Humane Society maintains, stressing pet supervision at all times, and especially when temperatures are low. “Our most constant companions—dogs and cats—feel the effects of winter weather as much as we do, only they are often cast outside to weather the cold or a storm owing to a misconception that the fur on their backs will insulate them from suffering. Without proper shelter, food, and water, these domesticated animals’ chance of survival in frigid temperatures is greatly decreased.”
If you do see an animal being left alone outside for long periods of time, you can document the case by writing down the date, time, and location of the sighting, along with the type of animal you observed. Images and video are even more helpful to animal control agents.
5. Unsanitary Conditions
Puppy mills and hoarding situations are two of the most common environments for unsanitary living conditions, but even single pets can suffer from an unclean home. And left in such conditions for a long enough time, any animal will begin to show signs of anguish.
4. Collar too tight
A tight collar isn’t just uncomfortable on walks. After rubbing the animal’s neck raw, tight collars can actually become embedded in a pet’s skin.
According to the Humane Society, failing to loosen your pet’s collar as they grow can lead to injury, strangulation, and death.
3. Matted hair
Animal neglect and abuse should always be reported, and while matted hair may not seem like much of an offense, in some cases it can become serious enough to warrant surgical attention.
Matted hair grows from a nuisance to a serious health concern in a short span of time, but some animals are forced to live with that concern for years.
Another sign of animal abuse is easier seen from close range. Excess discharge from the eyes and nose can indicate an illness that the owner has neglected to treat.
According to the Humane Society, even if you are not sure if you have observed abuse or neglect, you should still report such incidents to animal control. It could make a big difference in the animal’s life, and you won’t necessarily be putting the owner in trouble.
1. Old scars and new cuts
Likely one of the worst forms of animal cruelty is forcing them to fight each other. Dog fighting has a presence in the United States, but vigilant animal advocates and control officers are doing great work in eliminating these violent rings.
According to the Humane Society, dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states, but “it continues to occur in every part of the country and in every type of community.”
Whether held in back alleys or underground arenas, the public signs of dog fighting are hard to ignore.
As the scars from one dog fight heal, they will no doubt be opened up and made worse in the next. Those who witness such injuries should report them to animal control officers immediately, or the animal may not have long to live.
By: Tiffany Brito, Social Media Manager
“Animal Cruelty Facts and Stats.” The Humane Society of the United States, 2016, www.humanesociety.org/issues/abuse_neglect/facts/animal_cruelty_facts_statistics.html..
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