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Carrie asked:

“Anyone in the community have experience (anonymously or otherwise) reporting animal neglect to services in DC? Would love some guidance.”

One reader suggested the Humane Rescue Alliance resource:

“Recognizing & Reporting Cruelty

Recognizing and reporting animal cruelty is easy once you know what to look for.
Physical signs:

Are there any open wounds on the animal?
Is the animal so skinny that you can easily see bones protruding?
Is the animal limping or having difficulty moving around?
Does the skin or coat look normal or are there patterns of hair loss or signs of lesions?
Is the coat matted or preventing the animal from moving around properly?
Is the animal acting lethargic or not getting up from the ground?

Environmental signs:

Does the animal have protection from the sun, rain, or snow?
Is the animal chained to an object in a manner that jeopardizes health and/or safety?
Is the animal kept in a crate that is too small for him or her to maintain normal body postures or confined for too long a period of time?
Is the animal forced to live in his or her own waste?

If you see any of these signs, please contact our Humane Law Enforcement Department immediately at 202-723-5730. Yours may be their only voice.”


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