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Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Show Your Orange in Support of Prevention of Cruelty Awareness to Animals Month

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April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Month. We are urging all animal lovers, animal advocates and activists to GO Orange and join us for this month-long celebration of our victories in the fight against animal cruelty.

It’s important to push for legislation that would stop inhumane treatment, such as dog fighting for entertainment or long-distance transportation of farm animals loaded on top of each other in searing temperatures, with no food or water on a terrible journey to slaughterhouses.

On a local level, it’s also important to be aware of animal cruelty and not be silent if you witness it.

You might see a neighbor tie a dog to a tree all year round without proper food or shelter from the bitter weather, you might see someone dump kittens off along a desolate road, or worse yet, you might witness the torturing of a pet. These animals deserve better, and you can help by talking to these people and encouraging them to consider bringing pets to shelters.

We’ve compiled some signs to look for when evaluating whether and animal is being abused.

  • Collars tight enough that it has caused a neck wound or has become embedded
  • Extreme gaunt or emaciated look, even to where bones may show.
  • Infestation of fleas, ticks or other parasites
  • Signs of insufficient grooming.  This could be extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails and dirty coat
  • An owner hitting or physically abusing an animal

Sometimes we are not able to physically examine an animal thought to be abused; there are environmental signs, such as:

  • Pets tied up alone outside for extended periods of time without adequate food or water, or with food or water that is dirty.
  • Pets being kept outside in inclement weather without access to adequate shelter
  • Pets being contained in an area littered with feces, garbage, or other objects that could harm them.

The Ohio SPCA, located in Grove City, Ohio, urges those who suspect animal cruelty to call their local Department of Animal Control.

Have you ever witnessed animal cruelty and stepped up?