At the Diddo Furry Tails Pet Store, we get a lot of questions from our customers on how to report animal abuse and neglect, should they happen to witness it. So this information is for them and for anyone who cares about animals and wants to prevent their abuse.
Where and How to Report Animal Abuse
The law in the United States takes abuse of animals or any acts of animal cruelty very seriously. Familiarize yourself with your local laws on animal abuse first.
The police are the principal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating any complaints made about animal abuse or animal cruelty. So if you happen to witness any crime against animals, you should get in touch with the local police immediately and register a report with them.
In some of the states, animal control officers and peace officers have the authority to investigate into complaints about suspected cruelty against animals and arrest those responsible for the crime.
How to Report Animal Cruelty Seen on the Internet
There are many websites or online forums where you can see clearly sick and criminal minded people abusing animals. If you were to see such a site or an image where any cruelty is being done to an animal on the internet, then you should report that to the concerned authorities. Here’s how to do it.
Go to www.whois.net and do a “whois” search of the site first. Then, get in touch with the site’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) and inform them about the offensive material along with the proof – the website link, images or video.
Next, contact the law enforcement officials from the area where the website owner is from, or get in touch with the FBI, if you suspect systematic abuse of a number of animals.
Call the local animal shelter, the city or county Health Department and register a formal complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
If needed, and if you suspect that someone powerful is involved in the animal abuse, get in touch with local and national media organizations. You will find many journalists on Twitter, for example, who would love the opportunity to expose such cases of animal abuse to the public and force the authorities to take action.
How to Report Animal Cruelty Seen on TV or in the Movies
If you notice any abuse of animals in a TV show or in a movie that you saw recently, take action! Get in touch with the American Humane Association Movie and Television Unit online on their website or call them at (818) 501-0123.
How to Report Cruelty by an Animal Breeder or at a Pet store
If you were to suspect any pet store or animal breeder of animal cruelty, it is important that you should contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). You may call the USDA at (301) 851-3751 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Diddo Furry Tails Pet Store for help. We will put you in touch with the right authorities or give you their contact information.