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
Cold Weather Concerns
- 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
Warm Weather Concern
- 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.
Contact Animal Control
- 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
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.