Get to know and look out for the animals in your neighborhood.
By being aware, you're more likely to notice, for example, that the dog next door who was once hefty has lost weight rapidly—a possible indicator of abuse.
Report it, don't ignore it!
Investigations of potential animal abuse start with phone calls from concerned citizens who witness cruelty in their neighborhoods. Without tips from the public, many animals would remain in abusive circumstances, mute and unable to defend themselves. It all starts with you!
Get to know the animals in your neighborhood and invite your friends and neighbors to do the same. Together you can keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviors—abuse and neglect of companion animals, the mistreatment of local wildlife, dogs left in hot cars and other signs of abuse.
Companion animals play significant roles in the lives of the people who love them—but sometimes the elderly or ill have trouble providing essential pet care. If you see a neighbor in need, offer to assist—walk his dog, help with feeding, clean litter boxes, groom animals, pick up pet food and other supplies, drive him to the veterinarian, etc.
DON'T JUST SIT THERE! GET INVOLVED!
There are many ways you can get involved to help stop or prevent animal cruelty. One of the best things you can do to help animals in your community is to keep a list of people, including your local humane law enforcement officer, a teacher or your veterinarian, who can help you report animal cruelty if you ever need to. In some areas, the police department investigates animal cruelty; in others, that job falls to local animal control or another municipal agency. Know who to contact should you have concerns regarding the care or treatment of a pet, and be ready to make that call!
THE SPCA OF UPSTATE NY
occurs when someone intentionally injures or harms an animal or when a person willfully deprives an animal of food, water or necessary medical care.
Here are some signs that may indicate
abuse or neglect:
1. Tick or flea infestations
2. Wounds on the body Patches of missing hair
3. Extremely thin, starving animal
5. An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal
6. Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, and often chained in a yard
7. Dogs who have been hit by cars—or are showing any of the signs listed here—and have not been taken to a veterinarian
8. Dogs who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions
9. Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners