Fighting Animal Cruelty

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Go Orange in April in support of
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

If you know or suspect that an animal is the victim
of abuse please report it NOW!

You’ve all seen the “sensational” cruelty cases on the news, but incidents of animal cruelty take place more often than you would think and they happen in our own neighborhoods.  At the shelter, we regularly see the sad results—of both emotional cruelty and physical cruelty.

Three Things YOU Can Do to Fight Cruelty

1.    Learn to recognize animal cruelty.
Without phone calls from concerned citizens who report cruelty in their neighborhoods, we wouldn’t know about most instances of animal abuse—that’s why it’s so important to keep your eyes and ears open. Here are some signs and symptoms of animal cruelty:

  • Tick or flea infestations. Such a condition, if left untreated by a veterinarian, can lead to an animal’s death.
  • Wounds on the body.
  • Patches of missing hair.
  • Extremely thin, starving animals.
  • Limping or having difficulty standing or moving.
  • An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
  • Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.
  • Dogs or cats who have been hit by a car, or are showing any of the signs listed above, and have not been taken to a veterinarian.
  • Dogs or cats who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.
  • Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners.

2.    Report any suspected  animal cruelty.
Contact your local police department or animal shelter.  In Dearborn, contact the police department (24×7) at 313.943.2240 or the Friends at 313.943.2697. Remember, you can report cruelty anonymously.   When you make a report, provide as much information as possible. The details that you provide can go a long way toward assisting an investigating officer. You may want to write down the type of cruelty that you witnessed, who was involved, the date of the incident, and where it took place.  Remember that animal cruelty is a CRIME—and the police MUST investigate these crimes.  If the abuse is happening now, please call, but if you prefer, you may email us.

3.    Fight animal cruelty through legislation.
Know Michigan’s current pending animal cruelty laws, see Advocacy. These vary from state to state, and even from city to city. You can also visit the ASPCA’s online database of more than 550 animal cruelty laws—and their penalties—in all 50 states. Fight for the passage of strong anti-cruelty laws on federal, state, and local levels. With stronger laws, abusers will be more likely to receive tougher penalties.

YOU Can Change Michigan Cruelty Legislation

Tell your representative that you want him/her to support these bills:  

  • If you are in Michigan, you can find your representative’s e-mail address here: http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/
  • See your Michigan representative’s voting record
    As your advocate at the local level, we care for the victims of abuse and work with Dearborn law enforcement to vigorously prosecute abusers. If you are interested in taking a more proactive role in the fight for the passage of strong anti-cruelty laws on federal, state and local levels, one way is to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade.  As an ASPCA Advocacy Brigade member, you’ll receive e-mails asking you to write letters encouraging your legislators to pass these laws—and you can send them directly from the ASPCA website.

Report abuse so we can investigate as promptly as possible and prevent further injury to the animal.  If for any reason, you cannot call, please report the abuse by completing the following form.  You will remain anonymous.

In Dearborn, contact the police department (24×7) at 313.943.2240 or the Friends at 313.943.2697

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