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Cruelty Investigation

Reporting Animal Cruelty

At MHHS we value and respect all animal life. We strongly encourage anyone with knowledge of instances of animal cruelty to contact local law enforcement. MHHS works closely with law enforcement to rescue abused animals.

DON'T BE AFRAID TO OF POSSIBLE ANIMAL CRUELTY OR ABUSE. SPEAK FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

There is certain information needed to investigate an animal abuse/neglect case. A direct witness is required; the complaint cannot be based on hearsay.

  1.   Complainant information: name, address, telephone
  2.   Exact location or address of the animal(s)
  3.   Any information on the owner of the animal(s)
  4.   Statement from complainant
  5.   Condition of animal(s)
  6.   Conditions in which animal(s) are living

If you do not want your name mentioned, please understand that we need specific information from a complainant (name, address, phone number) for the purpose of obtaining a search warrant, if needed. Personal information is kept confidential unless the case goes to court.


Possible Signs of Animal Cruelty

Physical Signs
  • Collar so tight it has caused a neck wound
  • Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds
  • Untreated skin conditions that have caused loss of hair, sskin, bumps or rashes
  • Extreme thinness or emaciation (bones may be visible)
  • Fur infested with fleas, ticks or other parasites
  • Patches of bumpy, scaly skin rashes
  • Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails and dirty coat
  • Weakness, limping or inability to stand or walk normally
  • Heavy discharge from eyes or nose
  • An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal
  • Visible signs of confusion or extreme drowsiness
Environmental Signs
  • Pets tied up alone outside for long periods of time without adequate food or water, or with food or water that is unsanitary.
  • Pets kept outside in inclement weather without access to adequate shelter.
  • Animals kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass or other objects that could harm them.
  • Animals housed in kennels or cages (often crowded in with other animals) that are too small to allow them to stand, turn around and make normal movements.

To read New York's animal cruelty law, download it here.


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