Beaumont, Texas: Beaumont Animal Services would like to remind everyone that April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. Beaumont Animal Services officers take all forms of animal neglect very seriously and they are some of the most highly trained officers in the region when it comes to combating animal cruelty; with several state certifications and one national certification pending. In 2015 alone, our Animal Services Officers investigated 983 reports of animal abuse or neglect.
Did you know that you, too, can help crack down on animal cruelty in our community? That’s right, you can help by being the “eyes and ears” for animal control and police officers and report animal abuse or neglect when you see it.
Animal neglect comprises the vast majority of cruelty cases to which our animal control officers respond and can take on many forms:
- Hoarding: A person who keeps far more animals than they can properly care for is a hoarder.
- Lack of veterinary care: Untreated wounds, emaciation, scabs and hair loss, inadequate shelter are all signs of a lack of care or veterinary care.
- Excessive tethering: Chained dogs who are tethered continuously suffer tremendously, both from isolation and exposure to the elements.
- Abandonment: As startling number of animals die every year when people move to a new location and leave their animals behind or dump them in a secluded location.
- Direct violence: It can very upsetting to see someone beating or physically attacking an animal, but it is important to not just turn away. Especially when violence is concerned, it’s crucial to involve law enforcement.
- Animal Fighting: Dog and chicken fighting is a barbaric event involving two animals being forced to fight each other. Dog fighting investigations can and do lead to other organized criminal activity involving guns, drugs, and gambling.
Beaumont Animal Services encourages everyone to do their part and be the “eyes and ears” for these animals. Below are some steps to follow:
- Make the call to your local animal control, police or sheriff’s departments: Without phone calls from concerned citizens who report cruelty in their neighborhoods, we wouldn’t know about most instances of animal abuse.
- Provide as much information as possible when reporting animal cruelty.
- Fight for the passage of strong anti-cruelty laws: On federal, state and local levels.
- Talk to your kids about how to treat animals with kindness and respect.
- Support you local animal shelter and rescue organizations.
For more information visit Beaumont Animal Services, located at 1884 Pine St. in Beaumont. You are also encouraged to like them on Facebook and visit their web page located at http://beaumonttexas.wpengine.com/departments/animal-services/ for more updates. Beaumont Animal Services Officers also offer “Be Kind To Animals” programs for ages k-5, teaching students about being kind to animals.
Contact: Matthew Fortenberry
Beaumont Animal Services
Director of Animal Control
Email: [email protected] or phone: (409) 838-3304