This Winter: How to Spot Neglect and Report It

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Idea: Speak up for Dogs Suffering in the Cold

For most of us, it’s hard to believe that pet parents would leave their dogs out in the cold, but this type of neglect is all too common. What should we do if we see a dog that needs help?

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has this advice:

  • Report what you see: Take note of the date, time, exact location, and the type of animal(s) involved and write down as many details as possible about the situation. Video and photographic documentation of the animal, the location, the surrounding area, etc. (even a cell phone photo) will help bolster your case.
  • Contact your local animal control agency or county sheriff’s office and present your complaint and evidence. Take detailed notes regarding who you speak with and when. Respectfully follow up in a few days if the situation has not been remedied.
  • If you need advice, call The HSUS or email us. Because we aren’t a law-enforcement agency, we cannot take legal action, but we can provide expert counsel.

To prepare yourself and spread the word, review and share these cold weather pet safety tips:

Read the full article from HSUS here.

Image of Barbie, a dog rescued from the snow, by HSUS

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