How to Recognize Animal Cruelty

While an aggressive, timid, or fearful animal may appear to be a cruelty victim, it is not possible to know if an animal is being abused based on their behavior alone. It is best to examine the animal and its surrounding environment to determine whether or not he or she needs help.

Physical Signs of Cruelty

  • A tight collar that has caused a neck wound or has become embedded in the pet's neck

  • Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds or an ongoing injury or illness that isn't being treated

  • Untreated skin conditions that have caused the loss of hair, scaly skin, 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 the 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 of Cruelty

  • Pets are tied up alone outside for long periods of time without adequate food or water, or with food or water that is unsanitary

  • Pets are kept outside in inclement weather without access to adequate shelter

  • Pets are kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass or other objects that could harm them

  • Animals are housed in kennels or cages (very often crowded in with other animals) that are too small to allow them to stand, turn around and make normal movements

If you think a pet is being abused or have concerns about pets' safety and/or well-being please call the animal control officer at 907-486-8077.

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