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We at Cinema Veterinary Centre want you to learn about ASPCA's Prevention of Cruelty to Animal's Month

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 by deborah  | Tags: pet, store, animal, Shelter Pets, neighborhood, hoarding, dogs, canines, puppies, cats, felines, kittens, abuse

It can be disturbing and heartbreaking to witness an act of animal cruelty. Whether it be an acute act of violence or unending neglect, find out what you can do when you witness animal cruelty.


We at Cinema Veterinary Centre want you to know about

ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

 

It can be disturbing and heartbreaking to witness an act of animal cruelty. Whether it be an acute act of violence or unending neglect, find out what you can do when you witness animal cruelty.

 

1.What to do when you find animals in substandard conditions at a pet store

Start by documenting your findings in a detailed journal noting dates, locations, and specific problems, including photographs and video whenever possible. Things to look for are sanitation, physical health of the animals, and overcrowding. Also note if the store is selling wild or exotic animals. Educate yourself about any applicable laws and have them on hand to show to law enforcement when you approach them to request an investigation.

Bring your documentation and copies of applicable laws to your local law enforcement agency–such an agency would be your local humane agencies such as the humane society, SPCA, or animal control. If your community does not have this type of agency, law enforcement would be the sheriff or police department.

 

2.What to do about substandard conditions at your local animal shelter

Less-than-desirable conditions at a shelter may very well be due to the lack of appropriate funding, rather than the lack of compassion.

If you have information about or have witnessed abusive or neglectful conditions at an animal shelter, document your findings, noting dates, locations and specific problems in a detailed journal.

If you are able to work with the shelter staff to facilitate the needed changes, this would be ideal. However, when the shelter staff refuses to engage in a conversation about improving the conditions for the animals in their care, contact the people or agencies who oversee the shelter and provide them with your documentation of the abusive conditions. This is often the sheriff’s department, city council, mayor or city manager.

 

3.How to help a neighbor’s neglected animal

It can be heartbreaking to see a neighbor’s animal suffering in a situation of neglect. Depending on the situation, there are various ways you can help the animal or animals involved.

For emergency situations in which an animal’s life or safety is in immediate danger, contact your local law enforcement or call 911 immediately.  If the animal’s life is not in danger but you suspect neglect, it may be productive to approach the guardian and offer to help such as walking the dog or even helping to place the animal in a more appropriate home. It is a sad fact that at times people get animals without thinking about the long-term commitment they are taking on; when the reality of the situation becomes apparent, they may be relieved to have someone offer their assistance.

 

4.Animal Hoarding

The sometimes hundreds of dog or cat victims of a single hoarder generally show signs of abuse such as severe malnutrition, untreated medical conditions including open sores, cancers, and advanced dental and eye diseases, and severe psychological distress.

In terms of the number of animals affected and the degree and duration of their suffering, hoarding is the number one animal cruelty crisis facing companion animals in communities throughout the country. In the short term, neglected and abused animals need to be removed from a hoarder’s property, but only long term changes to animal law can prevent hoarding. If you suspect someone is an animal hoarder, contact your local humane society, police department, or animal control department.