Abuse / Neglect

How to Recognize Cruelty
Direct violence is the most obvious form of animal cruelty, the most common form of cruelty is neglect.

Signs of Neglect
  • Exposure to extreme heat or cold weather
  • Emaciated animals where spine and other bones are very prominent.
  • Uncared for medical issues such as parasites, broken bones, missing fur, limping, open wounds, ect
  • Many animals living at 1 property
  • Very dirty/filthy living conditions. Large accumulation of feces.
  • Animals left behind in vacant building or when people leave on vacation
Cold Weather Concerns
  • From November 1 to March 31 all dogs kept outdoors must be provided suitable shelter. The shelter shall:
    • Include a moisture-proof and windproof structure
    • Be of suitable size to accommodate the dog and allow retention of body heat.
    • Solid, moisture-proof floor or a floor raised at least 2 inches from the ground
    • Have a windbreak at the entrance
    • Be provided with a sufficient quantity of suitable, dry bedding material consisting of hay, straw, cedar shavings, blankets, or the equivalent
  • All animals kept outdoors must be provided with a suitable source of water. Ice is not considered a suitable water source.
Warm Weather Concern
  • From June to September animals left outdoors must be provided shade from direct rays of the sun.
  • Be provided with clean, potable water in sufficient quantity.
  • May not be left in a hot car
Contact Animal Control
Please contact Animal Control with the following information:
  • Address where the cruelty is taking place
  • Details of the incident(s)
  • Type of animal and name of person involved (if known)
If you have an emergency, please call 911.