Why You Should Report Animal Cruelty

Kalamazoo County residents should contact Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement at 269-383-8775 for cruelty or neglect concerns. Citizens outside of Kalamazoo County should call your local animal control/animal services department or other law enforcement within your jurisdiction.

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If you are reading this, chances are you care about animal welfare and take excellent care of your own pets. All the same, would you know what to do if you suspected someone in your community of animal abuse or neglect? While many of us wouldn’t hesitate to rescue a stray, situations in which an animal technically has a legal owner can feel tricky. Even when we know that something we’ve witnessed constitutes animal cruelty, some of us may still feel ambivalent about involving law enforcement. We don’t want to be seen as snoops, nor do we want to be seen as making frivolous complaints on behalf of a “mere animal”. Furthermore, the last thing we want is to create turmoil in our communities and social circles. Due in part to worries like these, far too many witnesses don’t report animal cruelty when…

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