7 Times You Should Report Dog Abuse

October 23, 2008
by Stephanie Modkins
Dog Examiner

Wondering when it is the appropriate time to report the abuse of a dog? Well, you are not alone. People across every neighborhood of America often struggle with the idea of reporting friends, neighbors and family members who obviously mistreat their dogs. It is a major reason why the abuse of dogs and other animals runs continues on.

People don't want to report what they see for a lot of reasons. They don’t want to get anyone in trouble or deal with the backlash of being labeled a snitch. Also, a few folks think it’s no big deal because, after all, it’s just a dog. Don’t be one of those people! Take responsibility for all of God’s creatures. It will not only help you maintain your own humanity, but send a strong message to everyone that you can’t treat any living creature like it’s a soulless piece of meat. Below are 7 times you should report dog abuse to your local ASPCA.

Call your local ASPCA when you see a dog that is . . .

20 pounds underweight. This kind of dog abuse is very common. A dog in this type of condition is obviously not being fed or is riddled with parasites. He will waste away without outside intervention.

In obvious pain. Grimacing, sickly eyes and flinching at a soft touch are signs that a dog is in pain. He needs medical attention and it is being overlooked by the owner.

Running with a pack of other dogs. This means that he is either a stray or the owner is a hoarder. Either way, it’s bad news and disease and other negative things will come out of the situation.

Being physically struck by his owner. No owner has a right to beat on a dog. There are too many training schools for dogs that can teach an owner how to motivate a dog to do almost anything without the use of violence.

Part of a dog fighting ring. You will know the signs because his ears will be cut and he’ll have scars all over his body. Also, he will be aggressive to other dogs. Rescuing him will surely be a matter of life or death.

Wearing an embedded collar. There is no reason why a dog should ever have one except for the fact his owner is neglecting him. Don’t wait for the flesh to start to rot. Call as soon as you see it sticking to his flesh.

Diseased and sickly. This can show up in a variety of ways like mange. Don’t avoid calling for help because you think he’ll get better. If the dog’s illness is obvious, it usually is a sign that his owner isn’t doing his job to care for him and won’t in the future.

These incidents of dog abuse are the ones that should prompt you to action. Don't look the other way. Report what you see. Do your part to help dogs and stop the abuse that currently goes on in neighborhoods all across America.