The month of April is “Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month”. We care about the welfare of animals beyond their routine health care. We want to bring awareness to animal cruelty by helping you to understand how to be proactive and safely handle a situation if necessary.
Animal cruelty comes in may forms:
-Neglect: Medical conditions that are left untreated including skin conditions, untreated wounds or hit by car, no water or water that has not been changed, starvation, no shelter during extreme weather including heat, severe rain/hail and cold
-Abuse: Hitting or kicking an animal, purposely causing injury, dog fighting
There are several ways that you can help fight animal cruelty.
– Notify the proper authorities if you feel an animal is being abused or neglected. For your own safety it is best to let law enforcement handle the situation and not confront those that may be abusing an animal.
– Get involved! Sign petitions and write legislation to pass stricter animal cruelty laws.
– Support local shelters. Many animals in cases end up at local shelters. Your support can help these animals get the care they need. Since so many animals end up at shelters, there are lots of pure breds rescued from puppy mills or owner surrendered. If you are looking for a particular breed, check your local shelter rescue first.
We all want to do the right thing and help an animal in need. Sometimes cases may look suspicious, but the animal may have a condition that is currently being treated. Be cautious. Older animals aren’t always going to look as healthy as a spry puppy. The geriatric patient may be taken care of, however he or she may suffer from a condition that causes severe weight loss or hair loss.
Know your laws. Each state and some counties vary in regards to animal cruelty laws. A dog tied to a chain in one area may be illegal, however it may be accepted in another place.
Animal cruelty doesn’t just happen to dogs and cats:
Rabbits, horses and farm animals can be victims of cruelty and neglect. Here are a couple of websites with more information: