From Jill Fritz, Michigan Director, Humane Society of the United States…
The question I get most often as a state director is what to do if you think an animal is being abused or neglected. Here are the important steps to take:
(1) Report what you see: Take note of the date, time, exact location and the type of animal(s) involved and write down as many details as possible about the situation. Video and photographic documentation of the animal, the location, the surrounding area, etc. (even a cell phone photo) will help bolster your case.
(2) Contact your local animal control agency or county sheriff’s office and present your complaint and evidence. Take detailed notes regarding who you speak with and when. Respectfully follow up in a few days if the situation has not been remedied.
If you hear about suspected animal cruelty or neglect in another state and aren’t sure where to turn, find the nearest HSUS state director by emailing the name of that state @humanesociety.org (for example, Indiana@humanesociety.org or Ohio@humanesociety.org) or by searching our State Directors page at www.humanesociety.org/about/departments/state_affairs/State_Directors_Index_Page.html.
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