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.
If you think an animal is being abused, either through violence or through neglect, you can take action to help.Learn How
News & Events
July 20, 2016
The Humane Society of the United States was called in by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the rescue of horses in Fayette County, West Virginia.
July 6, 2016
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 man seen on security cameras throwing a puppy into a San Antonio, Texas, store
June 29, 2016
The Humane Society of the United States was called in by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the rescue of more than 50 dogs from a Redfield, Arkansas property.
June 24, 2016
Gov. Maddie Hassan signed H.B. 1547 into law to ban sexual assault on animals in New Hampshire.