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Unfortunately, the unthinkable sometimes happens. Your pet may be purposely abused, injured or killed. While we don’t want to imagine this happening, it is best to be informed, and have a plan in place. First, make sure you’re aware of the animal abuse laws in your state. Then, if something happens to your pet, take the following steps.

If your pet has been killed

  1. Take photographs of your pet’s injuries and the area surrounding where you have found him.
  2. Contact your local animal control agency or sheriff’s department to file a report. Ask them to come to the scene.
  3. Record the names, addresses, phone numbers, and testimony of any witnesses.
  4. Ask your local law enforcement agency or veterinarian to perform a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

If your pet has been injured

  1. Seek veterinarian assistance immediately. Let the vet know that you suspect abuse, so that he can document your pet’s injuries.
  2. Contact your local animal control agency or sheriff’s department to file a report. Ask them to come to the scene.
  3. Record the names, addresses, phone numbers, and testimony of any witnesses.

In cases of injury or murder, local prosecutors may be able to press charges if there is enough evidence. You may contact your district attorney, or your local law enforcement agency may handle this. Without enough evidence for criminal prosecution, your recourse may be civil. In a civil court, you may be able to recover monies for actual loss and mental anguish. In Oklahoma, this amounted to about $300 with legal proceedings costing a few thousand dollars. Laws may vary in your state.

If your pet is missing

  1. Immediately begin a search in your area. Ask neighbors who are familiar with your pet. Keep a timeline of when, where and by whom your pet was last seen.
  2. Create flyers and put them up in local convenience stores and other places where people from your area congregate.
  3. Place an ad in the lost/found pet section of Craigslist and in local lost/found pet groups on Facebook.
  4. Be aware that if you discover through neighbor interviews that your pet has been killed and his body disposed of, you may not have any legal or civil recourse.

 Adopt a pet

If you would like to help pets that have been victims of abuse or neglect in the Oklahoma area, you may contact one of the following agencies to make a donation or to find a new member of your family to take home.

 

 

 

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