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Animal cruelty can be either deliberate abuse or simply the failure to take care of an animal. Either way, and whether the animal is a pet, a farm animal or wildlife, the victim can suffer terribly. Don’t despair, though—anyone can take steps against cruelty.


Deliberate cruelty may involve beating, shooting or stabbing animals, or setting them on fire. Neglect is not giving an animal necessary food, water, shelter or vet care. Because their misery is often prolonged, animals who die of neglect can suffer just as much as animals who are deliberately harmed.

There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and violence against people. Those who abuse animals are also likely to harm people—including their own family members.

 

Take Action Against Animal Cruelty

If you think an animal is being abused, either through violence or through neglect, you can take action to help.

Learn How


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  • September 14, 2016

    Reward offered in Berkeley County dog torture case

    The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the torture and death of a husky in Berkeley County, West Virginia.

  • September 13, 2016

    Reward offered in dog abandonment case in Franklin, Kentucky

    The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for abandoning a small dog in a carrier underneath a bush in Franklin, Kentucky.

  • September 12, 2016

    Reward offered in Cecil County cat torture case

    The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for intentionally torturing and burning a cat in Cecil County, Maryland.

  • August 24, 2016

    Rescued animals take next steps and will be available for adoption in Maine, Ohio and West Virginia

    Following the rescue of 69 animals from unsafe and unsanitary conditions in Gallia County, Ohio, the puppies and dogs are recovering and preparing for placement into new, loving homes.

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