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
June 23, 2015
Get updates on Donnie, Homer and Addy, three of 367 dogs rescued in 2013 from a massive multi-state dogfighting operation.
June 17, 2015
The New York state legislature will send a bill to the governor that increases training for law enforcement agencies on animal cruelty laws so that they can better identify, investigate and prosecute crimes against animals.
June 16, 2015
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 inhumane neglect of a dog eaten by maggots in College Park, Georgia.
June 10, 2015
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 taking and shooting of a family dog in Sedgwick County, Kansas.