The Importance of Recognizing Animal Cruelty and Reporting It

Cheryl Phillips

Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week is honored the third, full week of April. This year the awareness week begins Sunday, April 19 and ends Saturday, April 25.

Here, at Gorgeous Gal, we know you already understand the importance of treating animals with love and respect. Yet, despite all of the animal lovers in the world, animal cruelty continues.

That is why, in honor of Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week we are sharing information needed to recognize animal cruelty and how to report.

Recognizing Animal Cruelty
There are many visual and environmental signs that suggest animal abuse.

Here are some of the most common signs of animal abuse.

  • Open wounds
  • Signs of multiple healed wounds
  • Physical ailments not being treated
  • Poor skin conditions
    • Patches of hair loss
    • Extremely matted fur
    • Rashes
    • Dirty coat
  • Emaciation
    • Ribs and bones visible
  • Limping
  • Difficulty standing
  • Difficulty walking
  • Flea infestations left untreated
  • Tick infestations left untreated
  • Chained outdoors for long periods of time
  • Kept outside in extreme weather conditions
  • Multiple animals living together in cramped or overcrowded conditions
  • Animals housed in areas with large amounts of feces or garbage
  • Foul odors coming from a home where many animals are known to be living

Reporting Animal Cruelty
If you suspect an animal or animals are being treat inhumanely, based on the above signs, it is important to act.

We encourage you to act quickly while also acting wisely.

Do not confront a suspected animal abuser. Instead, contact your local animal control officer or humane society. These authorities will keep your identity anonymous, conduct a property assessment, and take appropriate action. However, if you believe an animal is in immediate danger, call the police.

As we like to say it, “speaking for those who cannot is our moral responsibility. If we become compassionate to our animals, we will be a kinder, gentler nation.”

Join us in making the world a better place for animals by educating others this Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week. Please share this article with friends and family.

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