Our pets and other animals rely on us to take care of them and provide them with needed veterinary services, food water, and shelter. If you witness animal neglect or cruelty, report it to CCACS.
What is Animal Cruelty?
Generally, animal cruelty can be divided into two categories: neglect and intentional cruelty.
Neglect is the failure to provide an animal with the most basic of requirements of food, water, shelter and veterinary care, and is often the result of lack of understanding or pet-owner-education on the part of the pet owner.
Intentional cruelty occurs when an individual purposely inflicts physical harm or injury on an animal.
Animal owners and caretakers, under local and state law, must provide nutritious and wholesome food and water; dry shelter with protection from direct sunlight; and proper veterinary care from a licensed professional as needed. We know that many people do not have the household income to pay for veterinary care. If this is the case, we encourage you to reach out to local veterinarians, rescue groups, and humane organizations to seek help.
Causing an animal to fight another, intentionally harming or abandoning an animal is illegal. If you suspect or know of an animal being used for fighting or “blood sports,” please call 911.
Spot Animal Cruelty
You may be a witness to cruelty if you see an animal that:
- Is repeatedly left alone without food and water
- Kept outside without shelter in extreme temperatures (under 32 degrees / over 100 degrees)
- Has wounds on its body
- Has severe hair loss
- Is extremely thin with bones showing
- Is physically abused with marks on the animal’s body
- Is provoked into fighting another animal
If you witness animal neglect, cruelty or abuse, please report it to the Call Center at 361-826-2489 or contact Animal Care Services at 361-826-4620.