The Problem Next Door

Recently a friend of mine posted a photo of Facebook that made me very queasy. I was debating on whether of not to post it here but I think it’s important for everyone to see the types of cruelty that go unreported every day.

Photo: The Patrick Miracle.  Copyright Coty Hohanshelt

Clearly this dog had been suffering for some time before anything was done.

Have you ever been the the park and saw a kid hitting an animal, or have you heard your neighbor’s dog barking for weeks on end–day in and day out? Have you seen a pet with multiple wounds, discharge coming from the eyes, uncleanliness, or do you suspect the lady next door having 50+ cats? These things are generally considered as animal abuse and prolonged suffering of these animals can be stopped if people were told that it’s important, and o.k to report these things. A lot of the time it may just be a gut feeling that something isn’t right and you have every right to be concerned.

The following information I have taken from the ASPCA’s website on how to report suspicions of animal abuse.

What information should I have on hand when I make a report of animal cruelty?

Try to gather the following information before submitting a report of animal cruelty:

  • A concise, written, factual statement of what you observed—giving dates and approximate times whenever possible—to provide to law enforcement.
  • Photographs of the location, the animals in question and the surrounding area. However, please do not put yourself in danger! Do not enter another person’s property without permission, and exercise great caution around unfamiliar animals who may be frightened or in pain.
  • If you can, provide law enforcement with the names and contact information of other people who have firsthand information about the abusive situation.

Remember, never give away a document without making a copy for yourself” .

It’s important to remember that the best outcome is for the pet to be in a healthy, happy, safe environment. Maybe your report will show that there is no evidence to suggest animal abuse, or maybe you will be saving an animal from a terrible situation. An animal will not be removed from a home if there is no evidence to suggest cruelty, so if you are worried about the animal being placed into “the system” don’t be. Animal Control Officers and local Police are trained to assess these situations. The most important thing is that you do not wait to report.

In Canada reports should be made to your local SPCA, Humane Society, and Police/RCMP


Anything to add, please list in the comments section below 🙂


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