Together, we can reduce needless cruelty to animals.

Animal cruelty includes intentional, malicious acts of harm and less clear-cut situations where the needs of an animal are neglected. Violence against animals has been linked to a higher likelihood of criminal violence and domestic abuse.

Animal cruelty and neglect exhibited by this dog tethered in the snow

Continuously chaining or tethering a dog outside can lead to painful sores on the neck, increased anxiety and other negative effects on the animal's physical and psychological well-being.

Combatting pet overpopulation

One way you can help reduce the number of animals without a comfortable home is to have your pets spayed or neutered. This will help reduce number of homeless pets and animals in shelters, which will lead to less animals euthanized each year. Spaying or neutering also has health and behavioral benefits for your pet.

Facts and stats
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50
STATES

Have enacted animal cruelty laws that also include felony provisions since 2014.

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71-83%
OF ABUSE CASES

Also affect animals; women entering domestic violence shelters report that their partners hurt or killed the family pet.

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23%
LONGER LIFESPAN

Can be expected of a female dog who has been spayed. Male dogs who have been neutered can live 18% longer than those not.

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Kathy Milani
Kathy Milani

The PACT Act will make it a federal crime to commit malicious cruelty to an animal, complementing similar laws in all 50 states.