Animal Welfare


The following tools will help you to recognize the signs of abuse and neglect or to document abuse and neglect cases for possible law enforcement action. In some instances, these cases are apparent, but it's important to be able to recognize the more subtle signs of abuse as well.

Veterinarians are required by law to report suspected cases of aggravated animal abuse, with a penalty up to $1,000 for failure to do so. Animal abuse may be the first clue to serious spousal, elder and child abuse, or other violent behavior and should be taken seriously