Archive for March, 2009

Learn to recognize if an animal has been abused

April kicks off Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month—but you can't fight cruelty if you don't know what it looks like. “It’s almost impossible to make conclusions based on a pet’s behavior alone,” says the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center’s Kristen Collins, CPDT. “The best way to tell whether a pet is being or has been abused is to observe his body and the surrounding environment.” ASPCA Special Agent Kristi Adams agrees. “The clues I look for when investigating a scene," says Adams, "are whether the animal is being provided with adequate food, water and shelter, and whether he or she appears injured or sick.” Check out ASPCA's  complete list of telltale signs that an animal needs help. If you suspect an animal is being abused, don’t keep it to yourself—report it to your local authorities. Reporting suspected animal cruelty ensures that animals in jeopardy receive prompt and often lifesaving care. By making a complaint to the police or humane society in your area—which you can do anonymously—you help ensure that animals in need are rescued and that perpetrators of animal cruelty are brought to justice.