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Together, we can reduce needless cruelty to animals.

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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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Steps you can take to stop animal abuse

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Together, we can end the cruel blood sport of animal fighting.

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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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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. This adds to an existing $1,000 raised...

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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 two recent incidences of extreme animal neglect in Yuma, Arizona. The Yuma Humane Society is also offering $5,000...

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Contents What is a puppy mill? What is the HSUS doing about puppy mills? Are there any laws that regulate puppy mills? There is a puppy mill in my area. How can I get the authorities to investigate and shut it down? I bought a puppy and they got sick. What can I do? Should I get a puppy or other...

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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—throwing an emaciated dog from a car in Frankenmuth Township, Michigan. The Case: News reports give the following...

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Contents Is there a connection between animal abuse and criminal violence? How does animal abuse relate to domestic abuse? Can animal neglect indicate abuse toward people? Is animal abuse in children normal? How can stopping animal abuse affect other issues? Are there any laws or policies addressing...

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The following statements of policy have been prepared by the professional staff of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and were approved by its Board of Directors on October 22, 2005. These statements express the values and positions of the HSUS on a wide range of issues involving human...

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The HSUS is offering a reward of $5,000, each, for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for two heinous animal crimes in DeKalb County, Georgia.

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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 neglect and abandonment of two puppies in Sempronius, New York. The New York State Humane Association is...

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The Humane Society of the United States’ Law Enforcement Training Center provides training to thousands of law enforcement officers each year on investigating and prosecuting illegal animal cruelty and fighting. Trainers are former and current law enforcement with expertise in animal abuse crimes...

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Collage showing portraits of a pig, chimp, giraffes and rescue dog

A decade ago, few of us could have predicted the monumental progress for animals we would see in the years ahead. The U.S. government effectively banned the use of chimpanzees in research; Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus removed elephants from its shows and ultimately closed for good...

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by Emily Smith
Ashley from the HSUS Animal Rescue team kissing a dog

UPDATE: After this story first published, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation that includes some of the most comprehensive anti-puppy mill protections in the country. The law increases standards of care for breeding dogs, such as requiring veterinary visits and clean food and water, and bans...

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Bethany Wynn Adams

The American Kennel Club (AKC) Every year, breeders and trainers gather in New York for the Westminster Dog Show to celebrate the beauty and grace of purebred dogs. It's a delightful event for any dog lover. But investigations have repeatedly shown that one of the major players at Westminster is not...

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