What is considered Cruelty to animals?
Animals without proper shelter, in need of medical attention, not receiving proper nutrition, animal fighting and animals abandoned when an owner moves away.
What are the consequences for Cruelty to animals?
In the state of Massachusetts if you are found guilty of animal cruelty you may receive up to a $1000.00 fine, seizure of your animal or up to one year imprisonment.
What can I do if I think an animal is being abused?
Contact your local law enforcement/animal control office or the MSPCA Law Enforcement Department.
The MSPCA Law Enforcement Department Administration is staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. When calling after hours, leave a brief message along with your name, and the area code and phone number where you may be reached during normal business hours. MSPCA Law Enforcement Department voice mail will not be monitored during weekends, nights or holidays, and voice messages left will not be received until the next business day. In the event of an emergency after hours, local city/town police departments may be contacted. All Calls are Confidential.
Outside Massachusetts, contact your local police department, animal control or animal protection organization.
How can I help?
- Always make sure your pet is wearing an I.D. tag
- Prepare a Disaster plan that includes your pet
- Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered
*If you see something, say something! Animals don’t have a voice of their own, so we need to protect them. We collectively share the responsibility to keep animals safe.