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Animal Cruelty: No One Should Stand Idly By

Updated on February 28, 2013


It’s a sunny spring morning. The air is cool and crisp with the promise of a beautiful day. It’s the kind of morning you just want to sit outside in your porch sipping freshly brewed coffee, and doing absolutely nothing. Reluctantly, I take in a deep breath and go back in the house to start cleaning.

It wasn’t very long when I hear a commotion coming from my neighbors’ backyard. Apparently, the young married couple living next door are fighting again, something I’ve become accustomed to almost daily. Then I hear the young woman scream. Startled, I rush to the back door, which I had left partially open earlier, and peek outside. I see the woman’s husband digging a hole on the ground, and then he begins to place a newborn puppy in the hole.

Not sure of what I was seeing, I walk out to get a closer look and see that the puppy is still alive. The wife is pleading and begging him not to do this. She grabs the puppy, and he violently snatches it back from her. By this time, my mother has also heard all the screaming and has stepped outside to look as I run over to the neighbor’s yard.

I hear the puppy pitifully crying. I asked the man to give me the puppy. He refuses and mumbles something about the puppy being dead. That’s when in my rage I grab the puppy, just as he is ready to throw it back down into the hole, and walk back to my home. I remember wishing at that moment he would lay a finger on me, just one finger, but he didn’t. Sure, I know he could hurt me if he wants to, but then he would have to deal with someone who is NOT helpless. Sometime later, the police are at his house.

As I clean the dirt off the puppy, I find the puppy has a badly infected wound. The abscess is almost as big as the puppy, and I could see the he is in severe pain. I take the puppy to the vet. After a few days of disinfecting and painfully draining the abscess, a heart-breaking experience to say the least, the puppy pulls through and survives. A few months later, I find the pup a good home.

Later, I discover that the puppy had sustained the injury in the neighbor’s garage while my neighbor was working on a car. He had dropped an object on him, and instead of caring for the pup, he let the animals’ wound fester. He then decided to bury the puppy alive to be rid of him.

Millions of Animal Cruelty Cases go Unreported!

If you find this story horrific and it sends you into tears of anger, provoking strong and powerful emotions in you, it should. This is one out of millions of true stories of animal cruelty. The atrocious cruelty inflicted on helpless animals range from neglect, starvation, beatings to torturing, shooting, stabbing, drowning, burning them alive, and every other unimaginable horrendous way. However, what’s more appalling is when people witness these vicious acts and stand idly by, doing absolutely nothing about it.

Animal cruelty is a sadistic act inflicted by violent deeply disturbed psychopathic individuals. Animal cruelty is not only limited to domestic animals but to livestock, horses, and other species of animals as well. According to the Humane Society of the United States Animal Cruelty Facts and Statistics’ webpage, the most common victims are dogs, more specifically, pit bulls.

Their website reports that in 2007, the media reported an estimate of 1880 cases of animal cruelty. Out of these cases,

  • 64.5% (1,212) involved dogs
  • 18% (337) involved cats
  • 25% (470) involved other animals
  • Reported abuse against pit bulls appears to be on the rise: in 2000–2001, pit bulls were involved in 13% of reported dog-abuse cases; in 2007, they were involved in 25% of reported dog-abuse cases.

For more statistics on animal cruelty to horses and livestock, go to the Humane Society of the United States Animal Cruelty Facts and Statistics. Also, check out “Pet Statistics” at

These numbers reflect only reported cases during 2007; however, the majority of cases go unreported and unrecognized. While an unabated number of animals continue to suffer every year worldwide.

Not surprisingly, statistics show that a staggering number of reported animal abuses are linked to domestic violence. According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), “nearly 1 million animals a year are abused or killed in connection with domestic violence.”

HSUS statistics also show the following legislative trends:

  • 47 states currently have felony provisions for animal cruelty. (Those without are Idaho, North Dakota, and South Dakota.)
  • Before 1986, only four states had felony animal cruelty laws.
  • 42 of the 47 state felony animal cruelty laws were enacted in the last three decades: 13 were enacted between 1986 and 1996, and 28 more were enacted between 1997 and 2011.

First vs. Second Offense

  • 43 of the 47 state felony provisions are first-offense provisions.
  • Four are second-offense felonies (Iowa, Mississippi, Ohio, and Pennsylvania).
  • Within the 43 first-offense felony states, several have a first-offense provision for aggravated cruelty, torture, companion animal cruelty, etc., in addition to a second-offense provision for cruelty to animals.

HSUS also goes on to say that six states, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Virginia “have enacted second- or third-offense felony animal cruelty laws, only to readdress and upgrade them to first-offense laws within a few years.” I guess it’s not sufficient that the few laws passed barely punish the crime of animal cruelty but these six states are finding Second-Offense Laws inadequate.

You Can Prevent Animal Abuse

The growing numbers of animal abuse cases are astounding and although the laws against animal cruelty are (slowly) increasing, they are not sufficiently appropriate to stop animal cruelty entirely. Nonetheless, there are other ways to help prevent animal abuse, and you can help.

  • Treat your animal(s) with kindness, compassion, and love.
  • Do not tie them up or cage them for long periods.
  • Care for them with daily fresh food and water, veterinary care, and shelter.
  • If you cannot afford to care for an animal, do not get one from the start.
  • If you have an animal you cannot keep, find them a good home.
  • Do not buy from puppy-mill-supplied pet stores.
  • Boycott circuses, zoos, and amusement parks that use and exploit animals for entertainment.
  • Read product labels and avoid those that are tested on animals.
  • Do not buy commercialized meat and buy those from organic farms.
  • If you are a breeder, check out potential future owners and place strict requirements.
  • Check state and local animal-protection laws; be prepared to take action.
  • If you suspect animal cruelty, report it to the local authorities, Humane Society, and local shelters. You can do this anonymously if you’re afraid of retaliation.

Please Help!

If you witness someone committing a horrible sadistic act against a helpless animal or animals,

  • Do not stand idly by and ignore the abuse, get involved! You can be that animal’s only hope.
  • Do call the local authorities immediately!
  • If you are afraid to step in, get someone to accompany you, scream, shout, call a lot of attention and make a scene… do something!
  • If you do intervene, try, try, try to control your rage and do not resort to violence against the abuser. You could not only precipitate that animal’s death, but also hurt yourself in the process.
  • Follow up on your reported animal cruelty case. If the authorities do not respond right away or do not take a course of action, pursue the case. You can call PETA and your local government officials (mayor, prosecutor, city council members, and county commissioners). Speak up!
  • Keep detailed records of what you witnessed. Gather evidence. For example, keep records of whom you talked to with dates and times, take photos and videos, etc.

There is much more you can do to help animals in need. Adoption of abused, neglected, and unwanted animals is one great way you can help. If you cannot help by adopting a pet from a shelter, you can help by contributing in other ways, such as volunteering at your local shelters or with donations. Contact your local shelters, the Humane Society, and the ASPCA to find out how you can help.

A Word from the Author

It is at the request from a fellow hubber when I answered his question about animal cruelty that I write this hub with great difficulty. With difficulty because I am very passionate about this subject and writing about this stirs up very strong emotions in me. I have personally witnessed the horrible results of animal abuse and the extent of evil in mankind towards helpless creatures.

In browsing through the internet for photos of animal cruelty to place in my hub, I came across hundreds of horrific and very graphic photos of abused, maimed, starved, tortured, and dead animals due to animal abuse. I could not place them in my hub because of their graphic nature and the strong emotions it will provoke in many of my readers. However, I am asking my readers to Google images of "animal cruelty," and you will see the results of the horrendous acts done by sadistic individuals.

There are not enough laws to protect animals against animal cruelty and the people abusing helpless animals are getting away with a slap on the hand. What’s more disturbing is, there are laws to protect individuals and organizations like research labs and animals farms from animal cruelty charges. Please help me and many others fight animal cruelty by getting involved. There are millions of animals crying out for help this very moment.

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    • Faithful Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Evie Lopez 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida


      This sounds horrible!! Where is this Copenhagen Zoo? I've heard and read of horrific stories of how the San Diego Zoo treats their elephants. It seems to be a trend with zoo's around the world. Maybe one way to get the public involved is to post an online petition, for example or any other online petition (you can Google "online petitions" for other organizations). I would be glad to sign it if you start it.

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      trish reid 

      5 years ago

      I am totally shocked at the 18 month girraff Maurious being killed due to him being ' inbred' wll how did that happen and surely after 18 months how could any proffesional organisation like a zoo -kill him .

      Worse then then shoot him and then in front of an audience they they start cutting him up and then feed his body to the lions !!!!!!!!!!!!

      What next

      How can any zoo think this is ok' to do ?

      Please help me shut them down and either set the animals free or give the animals to a proper zoo who would protect the welfare of their animals ''


    • Faithful Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      So true, Alastar. People who harm helpless and defenseless animals are worse than the beasts they are torturing and killing. They do not deserve to be called human. My heart breaks when I see how animals are mercilessly exploited and even killed to serve mankind. One person alone cannot stop all the abuse in the world but if that person joins all the others crusading for animal rights, they can accomplish much. There is strength in numbers. Thank you for the visit and the votes. It's always a pleasure.

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      That homo- sapiens(refuse to call him a man) is more a beast than the puppy will ever be. Thank you a much for writing this excellent but terrible revealing hub Evi. Was just reading the other day about an Englishman's disgust farming in the mid-west here in 1880. He wrote a friend back home about how the locals used animals as if machines which to extract maximum profit from and no concerns about cruel treatment. Suppose those of us who do care now-a-days will just keep doing what we can and hope the situation gets better and better over time. Up useful and awe.

    • Faithful Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida


      Thank you for your inspiring comment and the votes. I love animals and despise abuse and cruelty towards them. If it were up to me, I'd throw the guilty in prison and throw away the key. It is sad that many who are committing this crime are getting away with just a slap on the hand for inflicting so much pain and torture, and even killing them.

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      7 years ago

      This is a beautiful and moving story on the truth about animal cruelty. It is wonderful to know how you saved that puppy. I admire you very much. Thank you putting this article together and for compiling the info and telling what you went through. I know it must have been difficult for you but article may save many helpless animals. Voted up and awesome.

    • Faithful Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida


      Good to see you stop by my hub. Thank you for commenting. Will you please help me continue to bring awareness to the plight of these helpless animals? All you have to do is share this information with others, even here in Hubpages. You can place a link to this site in your Facebook account or any other accounts you may have. These abused and neglected animals need everyone's help!

    • viveresperando profile image


      7 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      This brought tears, thank you for sharing this. You are helping to bring awareness and helping to give information on animal cruelty.

    • Faithful Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thank you b.Malin. Sometimes I think about that pup. I pray that he had a long, happy, peaceful life in the hands of his new owner.

      I wonder too about what makes people horribly cruel, and it is always toward the helpless; it makes me raging mad! Wouldn't I like to do to them what they do to these poor animals and see how they like it!

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      Hi Faithfull Daughter, such a Heartbreaking story, but with your help, became a very Happy New Beginning for that little puppy. What makes people so cruel? Animals (Dogs especially) are truly Man's Best Friend...unconditional Love is what they give. This Hub is a must read for all who care about them. Thanks for sharing such timely Information!

    • Faithful Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida


      It is very heartbreaking the abuse animals are enduring every minute of the day, every day all around the world. There are places where no laws exist at all to protect animals. Hopefully more people will get the word out that will bring about changes. Thank you for stopping by.

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      7 years ago from England

      It's so heartbreaking and disgusting what some people will do to all those poor innocent creatures. It's great that more and more awareness of this horrible situation is being raised though. Well done!

    • Faithful Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thank you Hyphenbird, it is heartbreaking. If you could only see what I and many others have seen, it will send you into tears of rage. One only needs to turn on their local news and see. Yet what I write here is not enough. The word about animal cruelty is out, many people have been putting the word out and doing something about it but it's not enough because not everyone wants to get involved or don't think animals are worth all the trouble. It's very, very sad indeed.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Faithful Daughter, your Hub breaks my heart. But these things should break everyone's heart. Very strict laws should be enacted to protect helpless animals. I see my precious Bella sleeping on the sofa and the idea of other little furry babies being injured makes me sick. You have done a wonderful thing by shining a light on a dark subject.

    • Faithful Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida


      Thank you for the comment and the vote!

      This happened a few years ago and I moved away since then but I heard through a relative that they divorced. I think there was domestic violence involved; it's no surprise.

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      7 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      Whoa! Fantastic hub - very well written, concise and brimming with good information. I am so glad you were able to help that poor pup.

      Now I'm worried about the wife. I wonder....does she recognize that her husband is exibiting signs of being a sociopath?

      It's more difficult and dangerous to help people who are in a bad situation but also very necessary.

      Thanks for a great read! Voted up and awesome.

    • Faithful Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Olde Cashmere,

      You are welcome, and thank you for taking the time to stop by to comment and vote.

      The problem of animal cruelty is something that not everyone can deal with and many people just shake their heads and walk away from it. We can't just sweep this problem under the rug hoping it will go away because it will not. When we walk away and do nothing, thousands of animals are cruelly maimed and killed every minute. We need to get involved and help stop animal abuse.

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      Olde Cashmere 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for writing about this. People like you who bring awareness to animal cruelty are doing a huge service for them as well as people who care for animals. Voted up and interesting. Great work and excellent topic to cover, I hope lots of people read this. Cheers to you.

    • Faithful Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida


      Thank you Jkenny for commenting and your vote. I am glad to hear that you have a wonderful organization like the RSPCA in England.

      Yes, please share this with others and help me get the word out that no animal should have to suffer or die because people just don't want to get involved. It's when people don't care to get involved that this crime spreads and keeps growing.

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      James Kenny 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Great article, Faithful Daughter. That puppy story was so sad, it made me feel sick. How could anyone treat an innocent animal cruelly. Here in England, we have an organisation called the RSPCA that deals specifically with animal cruelty and they do a wonderful job. Thank you for sharing this. Voted up and shared.

    • Faithful Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida


      Thank you for your comment and your vote.

      Your thought provoking question inspired this hub. I hope this hub will help bring awareness and attention to the continuing problem of animal cruelty. Hopefully it will get more people involved so they can be a voice for these helpless tortured animals; a voice loud enough to bring about changes and stricter laws to punish the guilty.

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      Rob Welsh 

      7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Nice work and thank you for answering my question on animal cruelty. I have written several hubs on this subject and feel as strongly about these issues as the others and yourself have stated. I hope that your writing here is recognized on it's merits and that on behalf of the pets and animals, your voice is heard equally as loudly.

      This hub is a great start and voted up... thank you for sharing this seriously important issue! Take care.

    • Faithful Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida


      Thank you for your comment. I'm a non-confrontational person, and do not consider myself heroic either, BUT when I see abuse against the helpless, I don't back down. If I can save one animal, it's worth it!

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      7 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      I hope many people read this ... Thank you for acting when many people would have stood by and watched not knowing what to do or being to afraid to try to help.

      You are an insiperation to everyone.

    • Faithful Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Lucky Cats,

      YOU are amazing! Thank you for adding more information on how to handle these difficult situations and the resources available. I was hoping this hub will bring in comments with more information and educate the public. As you stated, there are many other ways people can prevent and help abused animals. Thank you!!

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      7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Faithful are amazing! I'm right behind you and would have dealt a few difinitive contacts had I been attacked by that man and had I encountered such cruelty as well. You have written a fantastic hub with all the information and sensitivity that should help to convince others to step up when something like this happens. I know there is danger...always a possibility...and, perhaps, some might not be able to deal w/that but..for me...well...

      There are also ways in which to intervene legally whenever one witnesses animal cruelty, abandonment, starvation, detrimental chaining of dogs, dumping of animals.... Most states have anti cruelty laws and / or humane welfare laws...the easiest way to find these is to type in animal cruelty laws and the state in which these acts were seen. We also have the opportunity to perform a 'citizen's arrest' in which we can request the alleged party to remain until a police officer arrives on the scene. If this isn't possible, we can take down information (license, description, etc.) and report it to the authorities.

      Yours is a great heart and combined with intelligence; you are an excellent voice for animals. Thank you.


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