How Do I Stop Dog Abusers? I need the answer to this question, and if anyone reading this has this answer, your comments are most definitely appreciated. How to stop dog abusers is something that runs through my mind daily. Seriously: I want it to stop and I am not alone.
If you’ve landed on this article because you, too, want to stop dog abusers, there are actionable things you can do if you suspect dog abuse. What constitutes dog abuse needs to be clearly defined, so let’s start there. Note: There are NO graphic images or video in this article. You are safe to read on and not see anything disturbing.
Abuse of an animal can be deliberately causing harm or is also defined as failing to care for an animal. The animal can be a pet, farm animal, or wildlife: ANY animal that is harmed constitutes abuse.
Why are the crimes of violence and abuse inflicted on dogs getting so much worse? Not a day goes by that my Facebook feed and Google Alerts are filled with the most horrific dog abuse cases. I sit and wonder what I can do to stop it. I sit and wonder how our world has become so out of control. I sit and I wonder what it will take to make the abuse not only stop but be punishable to the highest degree of the law.
Do you wonder these things? Do you sometimes “hide” these images and stories from your news feeds on social media? You aren’t alone: This particular blogger knows dozens and dozens of animal lovers who do the same thing.
I won’t go into vivid details of the types of reports I am reading, but dog abuse is out of control.
There are things you can do to help an animal if you suspect dog abuse (or abuse of ANY animal). Most people fear someone “finding” out and seeking revenge on them. The more we speak up for abused animals, the faster this epidemic can stop. Read on.
How to Report Dog Abuse or Suspected Dog Abuse
If a dog is in immediate danger, call authorities immediately. Do not wait: It may turn tragic otherwise. If you can document what you see, take photos, and/or video, this will help the case.
Where to report animal cruelty or suspected abuse: Our friends at the ASPCA share this important information:
In New York City
If you live in New York City and need to report animal cruelty, please contact 311. To report crimes in progress in any borough, please call 911.
In New Jersey
If you believe you have witnessed animal cruelty in the state of New Jersey and would like to report it, please call the NJSPCA at (800) 582-5979 or fill out NJSPCA’s online form.
In Other Areas
Find out who is responsible for investigating and enforcing the anti-cruelty codes in your town, county and/or state, such as your local humane organization, animal control agency, taxpayer-funded animal shelter or police precinct. If you have trouble finding the correct agency to contact, call or visit your local police department or your local shelter or animal control agency for assistance.
How Can I Prove to Authorities There is Dog Abuse?
Document everything without putting yourself in danger. Include dates, times, images or video if possible, and keep a record. If there are others who can help you, provide that contact information to the proper authorities.
What Animal Abuse Images or Video Online?
From the ASPCA:
- Access this background information for a particular website by visiting whois.netand doing a “whois” search of the site in question.
- Contact the site’s ISP (Internet service provider) about the offensive material.
- If you have concrete information that a website is displaying/promoting criminal acts, you may wish to contact any or all of the following organizations and advise them of the facts of the situation:
- Local law enforcement officials (“Local” in this case means based in the area from which the website originates—the “whois” search will provide you with the registrant’s address) and, if you think an animal is in immediate danger, the possible offender’s local FBI branch
- Your local animal shelter or humane society, which may have the power to enforce animal cruelty laws in the area
- The local city/county Health Department/Board of Health, because abuse of animals often involves unsafe or unsanitary conditions for humans
- The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), but only if what you have seen has a financial element (someone selling, trading, or offering an illegal good or service)
- Local and national media organizations, as the power of the media to bring public attention to an animal abuse situation can help initiate corrective actions
Can I Remain Anonymous?
Yes, you can. To speak up is better than doing nothing, but provide as much proof and evidence as possible. If charges are brought forward, it is best to reveal yourself so that you can testify in court. Many cases do not require testimony, and humane officers can report. Information you provide is kept confidential.
Dogs cannot speak for themselves, so giving them a voice on your behalf is crucial if abuse or neglect is suspected or known.
What About Laws Against Animal Abuse?
As a part of the mission to end dog fighting, the ASPCA is currently working to get the U.S. Sentencing Commission to raise the jail penalties for people who fight animals. Dog fighting is a horrific crime and considered a felony in all 50 states. Sadly, the current recommended jail sentences do not reflect the seriousness of the offense – convicted dog fighters receive prison sentences as low as six months in jail and almost half of all offenders only get probation. This coming April, the Commission will be updating their sentencing guidelines, and animal fighting is on the agenda.
Dog Fighting Awareness Day is April 8th. On April 16th, the fundraising arm of this blog, Wigglebutt Warriors, is hosting a sold-out gala fundraiser to help victims of dog abuse, dog fighting, bait dogs, and others, from NYC Second Chance Rescue. As a member of the dog blogging world, I will never NOT speak up for dogs in need. Be creative if you want to host a fundraiser for dogs in need. We are doing that and will not stop to help those who have no voice.
The more the spotlight is shone on animal abusers, the more the light can shine it’s rays on the darkness that is abuse and dog fighting.
Help us get the word out by getting tough and enter to win a #GetTough prize pack below. One random winner will be selected on April 9th.
Whatever you do, speak up and speak out. Without our voices, the abusers win. That cannot happen: The caring people of the world will prevail and love will win.
WINNER IS Linda Szymoniak
a Rafflecopter giveaway