Animal neglect is the most common type of cruelty
Animal cruelty can be either deliberate abuse or simply the failure to take care of an animal. Neglect is not giving an animal the right food, water, shelter or vet care. Animals who die of neglect can suffer just as much as animals who are harmed on purpose.
Every state has laws prohibiting animal cruelty, and all of them contain felony provisions. Know that a law is only as good as its enforcement, and that's why animals rely on you to protect them by reporting animal abuse. Report animal cruelty of a pet, a farm animal, or wildlife to one of the agencies listed below.
Reporting Animal Cruelty or Animal Emergencies
- Clay County Animal Care & Control - (904) 269-6342
- Clay County Sheriff's Office - (904) 264-6512
- Florida Wildlife Commission - 1 (888) 404-FWCC (3922)
*Florida Statute 828.12 – Cruelty to animals: to unnecessarily overload, overdrive, torture, torment, deprive of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily or cruelly beat, mutilate, or kill an animal, or cause the same to be done, or carry in or upon any vehicle, or otherwise, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner.
Spot the signs and take action:
- DOCUMENT: Take note of the date, time, exact location and the type of animal(s) involved. Video and photographic documentation will help bolster your case.
- CONTACT LAW ENFORCEMENT: Contact your local animal control agency or county sheriff's office and present your complaint and evidence. You may wish to remain anonymous, but doing so may make successful prosecution of the case more difficult.
- FOLLOW UP: Be the squeaky wheel. If it seems like your complaint is not being taken seriously, keep calling back. Scheduling an in-person meeting with the law enforcement agency may have a greater impact. If all else fails, getting local media interested in the story is a sure-fire way of grabbing the attention of law enforcement.
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