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Contents What is animal cruelty? Why is it a concern? Why would anyone be cruel to animals? Is there any evidence of a connection between animal cruelty and human violence? What happens when authorities prosecute an animal cruelty case? Can reports be made anonymously? How many animals are victims...

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The shocking number of animal cruelty cases reported every day is just the tip of the iceberg—most cases are never reported. Unlike violent crimes against people, cases of animal abuse are not compiled by state or federal agencies, making it difficult to calculate just how common they are. However...

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By Bethany W. Adams

The Humane Society of the United States is assisting the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office in rescuing approximately 140 dogs in a large-scale alleged severe neglect situation on a residential property in Dixie County, Florida. Local authorities served a search and seizure warrant on a five-acre...

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TYLER, Texas—The Humane Society of the United States is assisting the Smith County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office in rescuing nearly 40 dogs from an alleged neglect situation in Smith County, Texas. The SPCA of East Texas and Animal Investigations and Response also provided assistance on-scene. Local...

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Amid the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, the Humane Society of the United States is urging communities and individuals—including those in regions historically considered ‘safe’—to create preparedness plans that include their animals. “From intensifying storms to...

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On February 25, the Humane Society of the United States assisted the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office in rescuing more than 140 dogs in a large-scale alleged severe neglect situation on a residential property in Dixie County, Florida. This week, the animals will begin to be transported to seek...

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TAMPA—Ellen DeGeneres, Pierce Brosnan, Slash, Arielle Kebbel and other celebrities from Florida and across the nation have signed a letter urging Florida residents to protect dogs by voting Yes on 13, a proposed constitutional amendment that would phase out greyhound racing in the state by the year...

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The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, a federal anti-cruelty bill, is now law. This animal protection measure sailed through the House of Representatives and the Senate with unanimous support and was just signed by the president. Humane groups that worked for the bill’s passage are...

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Dogs living in severe neglect, rescued by HSUS

The scene was as grim as it gets: dozens of dogs confined to dilapidated hutches, leaking in the pouring rain, and dozens more—nearly 140 in all—crammed into filthy campers and a single mobile home. They cowered in groups, big dogs and small, some nearly hairless from skin conditions, others without...

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The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund present Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., with the Pennsylvania 2019 Legislator of the Year Award for his efforts to help animals in Pennsylvania and beyond by sponsoring the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act. In...

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If your dog seems to worry when you're heading out, destroys stuff when you leave the house, follows you from room to room when you're home, goes berserk when you come back and seems to be eyeing you suspiciously even before you leave—you may be dealing with a case of separation anxiety. Dogs with...

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A small pool filled with green slime was Cinder’s only drinking water when animal control officers in Somerset County, Maryland, rescued her from a large-scale breeding operation earlier this year. She had been living without access to food, clean water or adequate veterinary care—left in a dark...

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By Emily Smith
Emergency response team on a boat with rescued cats in a crate.

Long before emergency alerts ring out, members of the Humane Society of the United States' Animal Rescue Team are ready to respond at a moment’s notice. Armed with specialized training and cutting-edge equipment, these elite professionals answer the call for help wherever animals are in harm’s way...

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By Emily Hamlin Smith

The Humane Society of the United States is proud to honor Officer Christopher J. Collins with a 2021 Humane Law Enforcement Award. Officer Collins and the Cedar Rapids Police Department led an investigation, leading to charges in an animal neglect case involving an extremely malnourished German...

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The Humane Society of the United States is proud to honor nine law enforcement entities in Virginia with 2019 Humane Law Enforcement Awards. As part of a multiagency effort, these groups rescued 119 animals from Wilson’s Wild Animal Park, a roadside zoo in Frederick County. The agencies that...

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The Humane Society of the United States is proud to honor Sheriff Mike Roberson with a 2020 Humane Law Enforcement Award. Sheriff Roberson and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office led a joint effort to shut down a cockfighting operation, rescuing dozens of animals from a gruesome death. In February...

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The Humane Society of the United States is proud to honor three Kentucky law enforcement agencies with 2020 Humane Law Enforcement Awards. As part of a multiagency effort, these groups pursued Kentucky’s first conviction on bestiality charges since passage of a 2019 state law making sexual crimes...

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