Animal abuse is illegal in the majority of US states, and it is illegal throughout the developed world as well. In many cases, people can face felony criminal sentences for animal abuse. However, just because these laws exist doesn’t mean that people are going to inevitably go to jail or get their pets taken away if they hurt them. Someone needs to make the proverbial and literal call, and these people are going to have multiple resources at hand if they want to do their civic duty.
Plenty of good Samaritans in this situation are going to want to call the police, which is a positive action to take. However, it should be noted that the police are over-stressed and over-worked. People who want to make sure that they get a straight answer out of the authorities should specifically contact an organization that is dedicated to making sure that animals are protected.
There should be an animal shelter in a person’s area. Chapters of the Humane Society exist in many different states. Most people should also be able to contact local animal control departments in order to address animal cruelty. People who get in contact with any one of those organizations should be able to protect the animals in their lives in one way or another.
Most of these organizations will eventually send out representatives who will help the animals in question, typically by contacting the abusers themselves. The callers will often be able to remain anonymous if that is what they wish. Often times, making an anonymous phone call is all people will need in order to protect the animals that are in their lives, so they should not hesitate to do so.