Cruelty and Abuse

If You Suspect Animal Abuse

If you believe an animal is being abused, there are a few simple steps you can take in order to help.

Know the laws

Mass. general laws provide for the basic necessities of an animal. Food, water, and shelter are among the most common concerns, as well as actual physical abuse. Food and water do not have be available 24/7, but it is subjective to the breed and health of the animal.

Document the abuse

Document information such as time of the incident, person committing the act (description of person, if identity is unknown) exact location (such as proper address of where the animal lives or license plate of vehicle being driven) and as much information about the animal being abused (breed, color, size, where it is kept).

Know who to call

It is generally not a good idea to try and intervene yourself. Contact the proper law enforcement agencies such as the local police and/or animal control. The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Animal Rescue League of Boston have specially trained Law Enforcement Officers that are commissioned as special state police officers to investigate animal cruelty. These officers are highly trained and deeply concerned.

If the life of an animal is in immediate danger, contact the local police at once.


For more information use these links to help an animal being abused: