Who do you call?
One of the hardest parts of our jobs is receiving an animal who has been abused. Once an abused animal is in our care, we take every step to help this animal to trust again. We often wonder why does abuse happen? Did anyone witness this abuse? Here are a few signs that may help you better recognize and report animal abuse before it’s too late.
Recognizing cruelty is not as easy as it sounds. Often, people assume that an animal’s behavior – such as being timid or frightened – is a sign of abuse. This is not always the case.
There are a few signs that we look for at the shelter that tell us it is very possible that an animal has been abused:
What you can look for:
Animal Protectors only serves as Animal Control for the City of New Kensington and we do not have Humane Agents/Officers. We work with the county humane agents as needed. You may call our shelter for information on how to report animal abuse; we will provide you with contact information for local humane agents.
Animal Friends offers valuable resources for recognizing and reporting abuse.
The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society also responds to abuse and neglect calls. For a complete resource guide, click here.