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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.


People with emotional problems may beat, shoot, or stab animals or set them on fire. Those who abuse animals are very likely to be violent to other people—even their own family—too.

Neglect is not giving an animal the right food, water, shelter or vet care. Because their misery goes on for so long, animals who die of neglect can suffer just as much as animals who are harmed on purpose.

 

Take Action Against Animal Cruelty

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

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    Clark, Ros-Lehtinen Bill Protects Domestic Violence Victims and Pets

    Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehitnen (R-FL) introduced the Pets and Women Safety (PAWS) Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation to help the estimated one-third of domestic violence victims who prolong their abusive relationships out of concern for the wellbeing of their pets.

  • March 5, 2015

    Reward Offered in Animal Mutilations

    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 recent spree of animal mutilations in Sacramento.

  • March 5, 2015

    Reward Offered in Death of Puppy Abandoned in Bath Township, Michigan

    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 puppy to freeze to death in a crate in Bath Township, Michigan.

  • February 27, 2015

    Reward Offered in Redby, Minnesota, Dog Burning

    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 burning a puppy on the Red Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.

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