Report Animal Cruelty

Report Animal Cruelty

Animals can't speak for themselves. They rely on humans like you who care about their well-being. If you know an animal that has been abandoned, neglected or mistreated, please let us know so we can investigate or direct you to the proper resource. Don't wait. a day can be an eternity for an animal in distress.

We take all reports of animal cruelty very seriously here. Please call us at (614) 777-7387 ext. 250 to reach confidential voice-mail. We need the street address and zip code where the animal is located. Leaving a return phone number allows our Cruelty Dispatcher to contact you for further information.

All calls are completely confidential.

How to report:

  • An online form here
  • Leave a voicemail, 24 hours a day: (614)777-7387, ext 250
  • For stray dogs, or dogs running loose, contact Franklin County Animal Care & Control

    at (614) 525-3400.

Please note: we do not pick up stray cats or kittens. There is no agency in Central Ohio that provides this service. Our Admissions Department will accept stray cats/kittens that are candidates for adoption (not wild/feral).

How to recognize animal cruelty:

  • Extremely thin, starving animals.
  • Wounds on the body.
  • Patches of missing hair.
  • Limping.
  • Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food, water or shelter, often chained or locked up in a yard.
  • Animals that have been abandoned by their owner.
  • An owner striking, or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
  • Tick or flea infestations. Flystrike -- open wounds on ears and/or nose caused by biting flies.
  • Animals with an injury or illness who have not received medical care.
  • Embedded collars/chains around the neck.
  • Animals whose hair is severely matted.
  • Intentionally fighting animals.


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