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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.

Learn How


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  • 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.

  • February 23, 2015

    Reward Offered in Florida Pelican Throat Slashing Case

    The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for ruthlessly slashing the throat pouches of 14 brown pelicans in South Florida, leaving 10 dead and another four injured.

  • February 18, 2015

    After December Rescue, Dozens of Neglected Animals Now on Way to Recovery

    In late December, The HSUS Animal Rescue Team rescued 51 dogs, 10 cats, one goat and one pigeon from lives of cruelty and neglect in Dunlap, Tennessee. See how they're doing now.

  • February 17, 2015

    Reward Offered in Abandonment of 191 Dogs

    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 191 dogs in San Bernardino County, California.

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