What to do if you witness abuse or neglect

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by KING5.com

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If you witness animal abuse or neglect, contact your local humane society, animal shelter, or animal control agency immediately. In most areas, those agencies have the jurisdiction and capability to investigate and resolve these situations. They rely on concerned citizens to be their eyes and ears in the community and to report animal suffering. You can choose to remain anonymous, although giving your name to your humane agency will enable that group to follow up with you when necessary.

If you need to report abuse or neglect, get as much information as possible. This includes the condition of the animal and whether the animal is being provided with proper shelter, water, and other necessities. The exact location and description of the animal is also helpful. But even if you can't obtain this information and you suspect an animal is being neglected or abused, you still should report it.

Seattle-area Animal Organizations

King County Animal Control - (206) 296-7387

Seattle Animal Shelter - (206) 386-7387

PAWS - (425) 787-2500

Homeward Pet Adoption Center - (425) 488-4444

Medina Police Dept. - (425) 454-1332

Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue - (206) 654-1117

Cat Purebred Rescue - (206) 782-2616

MEOW Cat Rescue - (425) 822-6369

Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project - (206) 528-8125

Rabbit Haven - (253) 851-6601

Other Washington Animal Organizations

Humane Society for Tacoma - (253) 383-2733

Pierce County Kitsap Humane Society - (360) 692-6977

Whidbey Animal Improvement Fund (WAIF) - (360) 678-5816

Everett Animal Control - (425) 257-6000

N.O.A.H. Center - (360) 629-7055

Humane Society of Skagit Valley - (360) 757-0445

Humane Society of Cowlitz County (Longview) - (360) 577-0151

Clallam County Humane Society (Port Angeles) - (360) 457-8206

Southwest Washington Humane Society (Vancouver) (360) 693-4746

Thurston County Animal Services (Olympia) (360) 352-2510

Whatcom County Humane Society (Bellingham) (360) 733-2080

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (509) 662-9577

Blue Mountain Humane Society (Walla Walla)- (509) 525-2452

SpokAnimal CARE (Spokane) - (509) 534-8133

Vashon Island Pet Protectors - (206) 567-5222

Sources: HSUS, Seattle Humane Society

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