Prevent Animal Cruelty

All too often, animal cruelty remains undiscovered. By many estimates,
4 out of 5 cases remain concealed, leaving animals to suffer in silence.

There is hope for a change.

Legislation now in place in Massachusetts increases the penalties for animal cruelty,
yet animals still need you to take action by reporting concerns or suspicions
about animal abuse or neglect in your community to local authorities.

Learn 7 warning signs of animal cruelty

If you see something, say something – report animal cruelty.

Suspect Cruelty?

When People Hurt Animals, They Can Hurt People

October is National Animal Safety
and Protection Month

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Animal cruelty comes in many forms, including physical abuse, neglect of basic care, abandonment, dog fighting, and animal hoarding.

Because many studies have demonstrated a strong link between cruelty to animals and other forms of domestic and community violence, prevention plays a critical role in improving the safety and welfare of both animals and people in Massachusetts.

Watch Lt. Alan Borgal, director of the Animal Rescue League's Center for Animal Protection, talk about the urgency of preventing animal cruelty at the community-level.

Remember: Animal cruelty affects your community. Reporting suspicions to authorities is critical to prevention.

Helping the Victims of Animal Cruelty

Help Prevent Animal Cruelty

  • Suspect cruelty?
  • Learn 7 warning signs of animal cruelty
  • Get the facts about animal hoarding - and what you can do
  • Download our flyer about the link between animal cruelty and violence against animals
  • Watch Lt. Alan Borgal explain the importance of reporting abuse
  • The ARL's Law Enforcement Department is committed to investigating crimes against animals and protecting animals from neglect and abuse. Learn more.
  • Donate during the ARL's Cruelty Prevention Fund Drive this October