April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

The Arizona Humane Society assists local law enforcement on more than 6,000 cases of suspected animal cruelty each year. AHS is teaming up with Silent Witness as we search for answers for a recent and horrific case of animal cruelty.

On Friday, March 31, 2017 at around 8:45 a.m., an approximately six to twelve-month-old, deceased brown female Boxer/Pit Bill Mix puppy was found on Thomas Road between 22nd and 23rd Avenues in the westbound lane. The puppy had a rope tied on her front and rear limbs. She also had severe injuries and may have been dragged in the roadway.

Those with any leads or tips to the person who committed this unspeakable act are strongly encouraged to call Silent Witness at 480-W-I-T-N-E-S-S (480-948-6377, or 480-T-E-S-T-I-G-O for Spanish speaking). All tips will remain anonymous and tippers could earn a reward of up to $2,000.

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, yet sadly, we see these types of cases all too often. With the help of our local law enforcement partners, our Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™/Animal Cruelty Investigators are out in the field every day investigating animal abuse and rescuing animals in need. It is up to us to be their voice.

Common signs of animal abuse or cruelty include:

    • Open sores or cuts on the animal’s body
    • Animal has bruising, bleeding or other apparent injury to his/her anus and/or genital regions
    • Patches of missing fur
    • Tick or flea infestation
    • Extremely thin body
    • Limping/inability to walk
    • Witness an owner hitting or beating an animal
    • Dogs repeatedly left alone (possibly chained) outside without food, water or shelter
    • Dogs kept outside during extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, etc. with no shelter
    • A house with an excessive amount of cats
    • Cowering in fear or acting aggressively (especially when approached by the owner)
    • Pets left in parked cars (during hot weather)

The most common animal cruelty investigations are for abandonment, welfare check and no water, and our EAMTs play a key role in the investigation of suspected cruelty and neglect 365 days a year, which frequently require their expert testimony. We take abuse very seriously and so should you. If you notice any signs of animal cruelty taking place, please report it immediately by calling 602.997.7585 Ext. 2073 or click the button below. Services are free and available daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Arizona Humane Society is a member of the Humane Legislative Coalition of Arizona (HLCA), an alliance of the state’s leading, active, humane organizations and advocates who share the common goals of protecting animals from abuse, neglect and cruelty, and ensuring that those who harm animals are held accountable. Follow AHS and the HLCA as we strive to strengthen Arizona’s laws


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April 13, 2017