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Abuse & Neglect
What to do if you suspect an animal is abused or neglected:
Get as much information as possible. Try to find out the condition of the animal, their living conditions and the address where the animal is kept. Call Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter at (831) 454-7200. You can remain confidential, but it is important to leave your name and number in case the officer has trouble locating the animal or for follow-ups in the future.
Once a complaint has been lodged, an officer will investigate. If animal cruelty charges are filed, fines and/or jail time could be assigned, and the animal may be able to be re-homed into a loving family.
The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter enforces California Penal Code 597 which make it illegal to abuse or neglect an animal. If you feel that an animal is being neglected or abused, please contact the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter at (831) 454-7200.
What is animal abuse?
Abuse violations - torture, torment, mutilation, cruel beating and cruel killing - take many forms. Torment need not be physical in nature; an animal can be tormented by baiting or teasing, or a pattern of intimidation by yelling or threatening physical harm.
Serious physical abuse, if not witnessed, may be hard to detect because the physical evidence, such as bruising and abrasions, may be hidden by hair. Visible evidence of physical abuse includes limping, swelling, bloody urine and broken teeth. Hand shyness, timidity, cowering and fear biting are behaviors symptomatic of abuse, particularly if the animal exhibits these behaviors in the presence of the abuser.
WHAT BASICS MUST ALL PET OWNERS PROVIDE?
If you know of a dog that needs shelter, the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter often has dog houses available for pickup. The shelter also accepts donated dog houses and will distribute them to those dogs in need.
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He was surrendered to the Shelter where we found out he had been in our care before. He quickly went from depressed to elated and is now perky and hopeful that this time he’ll find the right someone to love him and care for him as he so deserves.
Two officers responded to a report of a neglected rabbit living in a small cage. They found a wild jackrabbit being kept in a small dog crate. The crate had approx ½-1 inch of feces covering the bottom, and the rabbit had sores and urine scalding. The animal was owner surrendered. We transferred the animal to Native Animal Rescue who took over care and treatment.
This was a wild animal, suffering under neglect due to ignorance of the animal’s needs.The officers transported the hare to Native Animal Rescue for possible rehabilitation.
Education is the answer to preemptively stop this sort of abuse and neglect. We are grateful for our partners at Native Animal Rescue for the work they do rehabilitating and educating all year round!