Did you know that April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month? You can show your support for our furry friends by sporting the color orange this month and supporting local animal rescue organizations. However, one of the best ways to prevent animal cruelty is to learn to recognize the signs. If you suspect that an animal is being abused, look for these signs and learn how to report animal abuse to your local authorities.
If you notice a pet that is tied up outside without supervision for long periods of time, especially if that pet is left without clean water, this is an indication that that pet may be abused. Animals that are left outside without shelter during storms and severe weather are also being mistreated. If you notice animals being kept in dirty areas littered with feces or kept in cages too small for them to exercise their full range of motion, those animals are living in unsafe and inhumane conditions.
Abused animals will also show physical signs of their abuse. Abused animals may be extremely thin and show signs of untreated medical conditions. Rashes, scaly skin, severe flea infestations may all be signs of abuse if the owner is not treating them. Additionally abused animals may limp or have injuries that are untreated. If you see someone strike an animal, this is definitely abuse and you should learn how to take action. Protect the pets in your life from abuse and you can be a hero in the fight against animal cruelty.