It’s April and alongside the movement to spread awareness of the abuse that baby chicks may be subject to and how to avoid it, April is also Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and awareness of animal abuse. Spotting animal abuse may not be as easy as we think as reported in this news release from the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association.
They caution that what we may interpret as abuse, aggressive or timid and fearful animals are suspect but one should never consider the animals behavior solely as a sign of abuse.
HUMMELSTOWN, Pa., April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Animal abuse warning signs can vary, but you may be surprised to find that signs you think might signal an abused animal are normal.
Kristen Collins from the ASPCA’s Animal Behavior Center says examining the animal’s surroundings provides greater insight than animals behavior. Environmental signs to look out for include:
Pets tied up outside for any great length of time without enough food or water
Animals kept in an area with garbage, feces, and objects that could cause them harm
Kennels or cages which are too small
Pets outside during inclement weather without shelter
Pets housed with too many other animals
Additional signs of abuse can be present on the animal itself. Be alert to such physical abuse warning signs as:
Open or untreated wound
Flea infested fur
Weakness, limpness, and inability to walk properly
Matted fur, overgrown or dirty coat and nails; signs of inadequate grooming
A collar which is too tight
Signs of extreme drowsiness or confusion
Scaly, patchy, or bumpy skin and rashes
Don’t feel intimidated or shy about reporting abuse, many animals are in need of assistance and if you don’t report it they may go on suffering indefinitely. You can call and report an incident to your local police or humane society anonymously.
Be sure to be diligent and have your claims detailed in writing with dates and times if possible. Also if you are searching for animal shelters you may look online at the ASPCA website. Keep Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month in your mind and pass the word around. Please share this post.
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