How You Can Help Prevent Animal Cruelty – Get Involved


The Extent of Animal Cruelty

  • In the last 12 years, law enforcement agencies have opened at least 19,000 animal cruelty cases.  Thousands more go unreported.
  • Abandonment and neglect account for approximately 32 percent of cruelty cases.
  • Less than 25 percent of animal cruelty cases result in a conviction.
  • Forty-eight states have felony provisions for animal cruelty.
  • Animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse.
  • In domestic violence situations, women are often afraid to leave the home out of fear the abuser will harm the family pet.

How You Can Prevent Cruelty

  • Report suspected cases of neglect and hoarding to your local animal control agency.  [Don’t be afraid to speak up for an innocent animal that cannot speak up or go for help on it’s own.]
  • Provide your pets with proper food, water, shelter and veterinarian care, and encourage others to do the same. [In a nice kind way educate people by offering free advise on how to care for their animals.]
  • Give some much-needed attention to homeless and unwanted animals by volunteering at your local shelter. [Remember even an hour or two of your time a week can help animal shelters who need help care for the animals they are responsible for; it’s a big job and they need all the help they can get.]
  • When there is an animal cruelty case in your community, encourage the prosecutor to take a strong position and submit a letter to the editor of your local paper.
  • Become a member of a reputable animal organization that fights the abuse of animals.


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