- Identify abuse, neglect and cruelty. Whenever you see an animal, run through a mental checklist. Make sure the animal has food, water and shelter; has a clean pen or area; has no untreated injuries and looks relatively healthy overall. If the animal does not meet these criteria, investigate further.
- If you feel an animal is being neglected and are comfortable doing so, talk to the animal owners. You might find out that the horse you thought was ill-treated has just been rescued off a feedlot, or the dog with the open wounds is receiving medical attention. You might also find that the people lack the resources to provide the best care to their animal, and need financial assistance.
- Document abuse and neglect. Include dates, times and the nature of the problem, even if you just suspect abuse or neglect. Photographs and videotape are helpful, though not necessary.
- Call your local animal control (link to resource & referral page) to report most forms of abuse and for neglect. After you provide full details, ask for the animal control officer’s name and ask what action will likely be taken.
- No matter how bad the animal’s situation, do not try to personally rescue him unless you fear for his life. Animals are considered property, so this action amounts to theft. Instead, talk to animal control about the problem, stressing its severity.
- In some states it is illegal to visually document animal treatment at dog breeding facilities, auction facilities and other animal business-oriented locations. Check your local laws for regulations.
- If the individual who abused the animal is prosecuted, you may be called to testify as a witness. You can decline, but it may mean the abuser is not prosecuted.
Siskiyou County Animal Control
525 Foothill Drive • Yreka, CA 96097
Dunsmuir Animal Control
Phone: 530-235-4822 Ext.102
Mount Shasta Animal Control
Mount Shasta Police Department
Lake Shastina Community Services
Weed Animal Control
Weed Police Department
City Of Yreka Animal Control
Shasta County Animal Control