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Reporting Animal Concerns

Dog FightingNo one wants to sit idly by while an animal is mistreated or in danger. To make the best possible report, make sure you have some basic facts about the situation before you call your local Animal Services department.

Having key information saves valuable time for the department responding to the complaint, and in emergencies, time is priceless.


Information Is Important!

When you call to file your report, have the major details ready. What is the address? What is the problem? How many and what kind of animals are involved? When is the last time you saw this happen? How long has the problem been going on for?

It sounds like a lot of information to give, but the more information you can provide, the better prepared the officers will be when they arrive. If there is a problem with 25 cats and the officer only has 2 carriers, it's pretty helpful to know in advance they need to get more supplies before they respond.

Protecting Your Identity | Anonymity can Hurt the Case

Be prepared to give your name, address and a return contact number. It's understandable that you want to protect your identity, however if your case is serious enough to end up in court, you could be a key witness, and without your testimony the case is as good as dismissed.

If you're unsure about giving your information, ask the department what their policy is on releasing sensitive information. Most departments do not release information that will identify the caller.

If you still feel uncomfortable reporting the information with your name and contact information, see if you can find a neighbor or friend who has also witnessed the problem first-hand, and have them report it for you.

Photos and Videos are Worth a Thousand Words

Underweight HorsesIf you can, take a photo or video of the problem as it's happening to give to the responding officer. Your evidence caught on film will not only help the officer understand exactly what the problem is, it also helps thwart off any denials the animal owner may have. Your photo or video could be used in the courtroom, so make sure you don't record any faces or sounds that you wouldn't want a courtroom full of people to see or hear.