Source: "Diana Artemis" <[email protected]>
Report any act of cruelty or neglect you see to the
humane investigator at your local humane society, animal control
department or SPCA, and demand it be investigated.
Contact your local law enforcement and public
prosecutor* and provide them with your evidence. Ask them to uphold the
laws of the Commonwealth by investigating and prosecuting crimes that
occur within their jurisdiction.
In situations that involve unsanitary conditions,
contact your health department.
If the above agencies are unwilling to proceed, contact
your state attorney and ask them to intervene.
Do not accept the "boys will be boys" excuse from
prosecutors who refuse to charge juveniles with animal cruelty. Talk to
your elected officials (mayor, town council, etc.) and ask them for
help. Contact the media and ask that they do a story about the
situation; write letters to the editor; call local talk radio shows;
organize other members of the community to contact the prosecutor's
Use the power of the Internet to organize specific
actions and contact key law enforcement officials and legislators.
Contact ALDF's Animal Cruelty Actionline at (800)
555-6517 or [email protected] about the cruelty case. We can contact the
prosecutor, offer our assistance and urge vigorous prosecution.
The key to preventing cruelty is education. Teach
children from the earliest age that animals deserve humane treatment and
respect. Empower children to feel safe when reporting cruel behavior.
Become a volunteer or mentor at your local school ... empathy can be
Depending on where you live, the City Attorney, County
Attorney, District Attorney or State's Attorney is responsible for
prosecuting animal cruelty cases. Check with your local government
office or contact ALDF to determine which prosecuting office is the
appropriate one to contact in your jurisdiction.
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