Unfortunately, thousands of animals experience abuse at the hands of the people who are supposed to protect and care for them. Fortunately, you can look for signs of abuse so you can notify the authorities when you recognize these signs.
Open wounds or emaciation quickly suggest that neglect to the point of abuse is a factor. Dogs who are less without food or water will quickly lose weight. Eyes will become dull. Fur may fall out or become matted. Similarly, any dog who is left in conditions that are dirty will look more than disheveled, with dirt and perhaps feces on their skin and fur. Collars that are too small can become embedded in an animals skin. This is a sure sign of animal abuse.
Injured animals who are forced to live in such conditions may become further injured, and infections will have no opportunity to heal when an animal is forced to live in squalor. Often times, these animals will develop fleas, mites or other conditions that a caring owner would quickly treat.
However, not all signs of abuse or neglect are physical. This is especially true with new cases of abuse or with abusers who are careful to cover up signs of abuse. The power struggle can only continue when the victim is strong enough to withstand it, and abusers know this. Psychological signs can be just as telling, however. Here are just a few to look for.
- A dog that flinches when you reach to pet it.
- Pets that resist going near their attackers.
- General timidness or being easily frightened can indicate that an animal was once abused. Even after being removed from a cruel environment, animals may take months or years to grow out of these habits.
- Animals become listless and uninterested in eating or playing.
- Confusion or extreme sleepiness may be due to physical condition, lack of nutrition or the psychological trauma that abuse causes.
Recognizing signs of abuse helps you to become a better owner. It also helps law enforcement arrest law-breakers. Indeed, extreme cases of animal abuse are akin to attempted murder — and some animal abusers do go that far. In these cases, the perpetrators absolutely deserve to be tried and to pay the price for animal abuse. In these cases I believe they should not be allowed an expungement lawyer. Abuse is no joke, and these days it seems it’s not taken serious enough. As more states treat animal abuse as a felony, animal attackers find themselves wondering “How do I clear my criminal record?” I say, tough s*** to that question/option.
If you suspect a case of animal cruelty, you can contact your local police force or humane society. In most areas, you can do so anonymously to protect your identity from the criminal. However, people who abuse animals will have a more difficult time when it comes to protecting their good name. Such crimes often have them looking for an expungement attorney.