Here’s Exactly How You Can Spot Animal Abuse In Your Community

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5. Unsanitary Conditions

Puppy mills and hoarding situations are two of the most common environments for unsanitary living conditions, but even single pets can suffer from an unclean home. And left in such conditions for a long enough time, any animal will begin to show signs of anguish.

Deborah L. Hosler, owner of Hosler’s Huskies in northern Michigan, was fined $2,500, placed on probation for 5 years, and ordered not to own or care for any animals during the period after she pled guilty to abandoning 15 Siberian huskies in outdoor kennels.

An anonymous tip led Monroe County Animal Control to find more than 20 dogs being kept outside Hosler’s home.

“The outside kennels were emitting a strong odor, and it was visible that the kennels had not been cleaned for a while,” a Monroe County Animal Control report detailed.

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4. Collar too tight

A tight collar isn’t just uncomfortable on walks. After rubbing the animal’s neck raw, tight collars can actually become embedded in a pet’s skin.

A dog owner in Colorado was charged with animal cruelty after animal control officers found Bear, a black chow husky mix, running around a neighborhood unsupervised, Denver’s 7NEWS reports. The dog’s collar was so tight, it could only be removed with surgery.

According to American Humane, failing to loosen your pet’s collar as they grow can lead to injury, strangulation, and death.

Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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