Any glimpse into the life of an
animal quickens our own and
makes it so much the larger
and better in every way.
- John Muir

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Cruelty and Neglect

Report Animal Cruelty 

Animals can't speak for themselves. They rely on humans like you who care about their well-being. If you know an animal that has been abandoned, neglected or mistreated, please let us know so we can investigate or direct you to the proper resource. Don't wait! A day can be an eternity for an animal in distress.

To report cruelty please call us at (304) 342-1576 ext. 118 to reach a confidential voice-mail. We need the street address and zip code where the animal is located. Leaving a return phone number allows our Dispatcher to contact you for further information.

We take all reports of animal cruelty very seriously. All calls are completely confidential.

How to report:

  • Leave a voicemail, 24 hours a day: (304) 342-1576, ext. 118
  • For after-hours emergencies, call Metro at (304) 348-8111

Please note:  We do not pick up stray cats or kittens. Our Admissions Team will accept stray cats/kittens that are candidates for adoption as space allows.

How to recognize animal cruelty:

  • Extremely thin, starving animals.
  • Wounds on the body.
  • Patches of missing hair.
  • Limping.
  • Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food, water or shelter, often chained or locked up in a yard.
  • Animals that have been abandoned by their owner.
  • An owner striking, or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
  • Tick or flea infestations.
  • Flystrike -- open wounds on ears and/or nose caused by biting flies.
  • Animals with an injury or illness who have not received medical care.
  • Embedded collars/chains around the neck.
  • Animals whose hair is severely matted.
  • Intentionally fighting animals.