Recognizing and reporting animal cruelty is easy once you know what to look for.
- Are there any open wounds on the animal?
- Is the animal so skinny that you can easily see bones protruding?
- Is the animal limping or having difficulty moving around?
- Does the skin or coat look normal or are there patterns or hair loss or signs or lesions?
- Is the coat matted or preventing the animal from moving around properly?
- Is the animal acting lethargic or not getting up from the ground?
- Does the animal have protection from the sun, rain or snow?
- Is the animal chained to an object in a manner that jeopardizes health and/or safety?
- Is the animal kept in a crate that is too small for them to maintain normal body postures or confined for too long a period of time?
- Are the animals forced to live in their own waste?
If you see any of these signs please contact the Washington Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement Department immediately. Yours may be their only voice!
Call (202) 723-5730