Where to Report Animal Cruelty

In Orange County, Florida

  • If you live in Orange County and need to report animal cruelty, please contact 311. To report crimes in progress, please call 911.

In Other Areas

  • Find out who is responsible for investigating and enforcing the anti-cruelty codes in your town, county and/or state, such as your local humane organization, animal control agency, taxpayer-funded animal shelter or police precinct. If you have trouble finding the correct agency to contact, call or visit your local police department or your local shelter or animal control agency for assistance.

How to Report Animal Cruelty

Try to gather the following information before submitting a report of animal cruelty:

  • Please write a report of what was observed, including dates and approximate times, to provide to law enforcement. The more thorough the report, the more it will help the investigation.
  • Take photographs of the situation including the animal and the environment for supporting evidence, if possible. Note: never enter another person’s property without permission and exercise caution.
  • Record names and contact information of those involved, if known. Also include those who might have firsthand information about the abusive situation.

Recognizing Animal Cruelty

 Physical Signs of Cruelty

  • Collars causing neck wounds or embedding
  • Signs of multiple wounds, ongoing injuries that remain untreated or open wounds
  • Extreme loss of hair, scaly skin, rashes or other seemingly untreated skin conditions
  • Extreme thinness—bones may be visible
  • Fur infested with fleas, ticks or other parasites
  • Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails and dirty coat
  • Weakness, limping or the inability to stand or walk normally
  • Heavy discharge from eyes or nose
  • An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal
  • Visible signs of confusion or extreme drowsiness

Environmental Signs of Cruelty

  • Animals are alone and tied up for long periods of time without access to adequate food or water
  • Animals are living in harmful environmental situations such as excessive garbage, broken glass or other dangerous objects
  • Pet housing is too small to accommodate their body sizes

Much of the above information was obtained from the ASPCA. Obtain more information about animal cruelty and reporting here: https://www.aspca.org/take-action/report-animal-cruelty.

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