How to Quickly Report Animal Cruelty in Alabama
Animals bring joy and happiness to our lives. They can help with anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Unfortunately, many animals find themselves in abusive and neglectful environments. That's why it is so important to report the abuse so that the animal can be removed from the situation before it's too late.
If you witness animal abuse, it can be hard to know where to begin to report the incident to the proper authorities. Let help you report animal abuse in Alabama as well as other states across the US.
Is Animal Abuse a Crime?
The Animal Welfare Act, or AWA, was brought into law in 1966 and is the most important federal animal protection act. The AWA primarily impacts animals in zoos and laboratories, as well as animals produced for commercial purposes, such as those in puppy mills.
State and municipal agencies are in charge of policing the majority of lower-level offenses. Each of the 50 states currently has felony animal cruelty legislation. Cruelty, as well as the penalties for cruelty, are defined by each state.
The vast majority of animal protection legislation is adopted at the state level, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund. There is also some government legislation that protects animals.
Animal Abuse in Alabama
In the state of Alabama, it is a crime to abuse an animal. ALA. CODE § 13A-11-14 states that a person commits the crime of cruelty to animals if he intentionally or recklessly subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment; or subjects any animal in his custody to cruel neglect; or kills or injures without good cause.
Some examples of animal cruelty are:
- Inflicting harm
- Shooting an animal
- Injuring or killing an animal
- Neglect such as depriving an animal of water, shelter, food, and necessary medical treatment
How to Report Animal Abuse in Alabama
The channels for in the state of Alabama will be different for each county. In some counties, animal-related issues are handled by the sheriff's office. In larger areas, there are animal control departments that handle complaints of animal abuse.
Listed below are some agencies in Alabama for reporting animal abuse.
City of Jasper Animal Care and Control
2302 Birmingham Ave Jasper, AL 35501
City of Birmingham Animal Care and Control
6227 5th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35212
City of Tuscaloosa Animal Control
2201 University Blvd. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Wildlife animal abuse should be reported to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources at 1-800-272-4263.
How to Report Animal Abuse in Alabama on Your Own
When you find where you need to report the abuse, the next step is to gather as much information about the abuse as you can.
The time and place you observed the abuse, what you witnessed, who was involved if known, a description of the party as well as the animal being abused, and any images or proof you have will help strengthen the case against the abuser.
As you can see, reporting abuse requires a significant amount of effort.
Next Steps For Reporting Animal Abuse In Alabama If You Can't Do It Yourself
With the help of DoNotPay, you can easily get the process started in just 3 simple steps.
1. Search "Report Animal Abuse" on DoNotPay, and select the associated tool.
2. Then following the prompts, report the time, location, and exact detail to the best of your knowledge of the situation that has led you to believe there is animal cruelty afoot.
3. Upload an image to build your case and include your contact information for the authorities to get back to you about your report.
And that's it! DoNotPay will file the report on your behalf, getting animals out of harm's way.
Why Use DoNotPay to Report Animal Abuse In Alabama
- Fast—You don't have to spend hours trying to report the abuse.
- Easy—You don't have to struggle to fill out tedious forms or keep track of all the steps involved in reporting abuse.
- Successful—You can rest assured knowing we'll make the best case for you.
DoNotPay Works Across All States With the Click of a Button
In addition to helping you report animal abuse in Alabama, we can also help in other states and entities as well. For example, we can help with:
- Reporting animal abuse in Los Angeles
- Reporting animal abuse in New York City
- Reporting animal abuse in Texas
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
DoNotPay doesn't just work with pet-related problems, we can help with other issues as well such as:
More DoNotPay Products for Pets
In addition to reporting animal abuse, DoNotPay can help with:
- Lost and Found Pets
- Pet Licenses
- Pet Custody Agreement
Animals are innocent creatures that simply can't defend themselves against abusers. That's why it's up to citizens to speak up if they witness them being abused. Let DoNotPay help you report abuse and keep our little friends safe and happy.