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Animal Neglect - A Personal Cruelty

Updated on May 10, 2015

Chained Dog


Animal Neglect - Chained Dogs

You've seen the commercials. You know, the ones that make me cry. The ones showing starving dogs, hairless cats, untreated wounds, horses that can barely stand, and more. You look into the beautiful faces of defenseless animals that haven't been fed or cared for. Who could do this?

Imagine a loyal dog loving his master only to find himself chained to a tree. He remains there in all kinds of weather, sunshine or snow there he is chained to the tree. Alone. No one to pet him or talk to him. No one to tell him he is loved. No one to truly care for him.

He was a loyal and loving dog and doesn't understand what happened. He tries to get loose to get back to his master but something pulls at his neck. He doesn't give up, he pulls and pulls till his neck hurts from the cuts he received. He needs a drink but he knocked the water dish over when he was pulling and now it is dry. The sun is hot and there is no way to get away from it. He pulls again and tries to run. This time he cuts his foot on something on the ground. He can feel the sticky stuff oozing from his foot. All he can do is lick it and hope the pain goes away. He's hungry but there's no food dish, and always this thing around his neck and something holding him to where he must stay....

Chained dogs constantly strain to escape their chained imprisonment. Their collars can become embedded in their necks causing sores on top of the embedded collar. A chained dog must spend his life on that chain in a confined area. An area where he must sleep, eat and eliminate. You can imagine if an owner chains his dog he's not cleaning up around that chained dog.

Chained dogs don't get any exercise and it's a safe bet to say they don't get taken on walks. Chained dogs often become dangerous due to their own protection, the neglect they feel and sometimes the torture of other people and animals as they are confined to the chain can make a mild mannered dog aggressive.

Here are some sad examples from

  • A chained Saint Bernard chewed off her own leg in an effort to break free from the cord she had become entangled in.
  • A long-neglected dog underwent surgery in July 2008 after being found with his chain embedded in his neck in Proctorville, Ohio.
  • The rotting remains of a chained dog—who hadn’t been fed or provided with water in 19 days—were reportedly found in the back yard of a Mendocino County, California, man in February 2005.
  • A chained dog was killed when he was stung multiple times by a swarm of “killer bees” in El Centro, California, in May 1998.

Every Sixty Seconds an animal is abused!

Dogs are the most common victims of animal abuse.

Puppy Mills

Animal Neglect - Puppy Mills

To me, puppy mills go beyond animal neglect to animal cruelty. The cruelty starts with the breeding pair and continues to their puppies.

That cute little puppy in the pet store couldn't have possibly come from horrible beginnings, at least that's how it looks but its not true. Did you know that a female dog in a puppy mill could give birth ten times in five years?

Dogs and puppies in a puppy mill are often found with bleeding paws from spending their lives in cages, cages with wire bottoms. Puppies aren't the priority in puppy mills, making money is. Holding costs down allows the owner to see a larger profit and the ones who pay the price are the dogs.

The ASPCA says that puppy mill puppies suffer from many congenital diseases because there is no care taken in breeding, sick dogs are often bred just because they need more puppies. Puppy mill dogs often have no clean drinking water and their cages can become filthy and unsanitary.

Puppies are taken from their mothers way before they are ready and sold to brokers. Because they are taken so young, many of them die en route and never make their destination. Some puppies from puppy mills are sold to laboratories for research.

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I needed a little cuteness in this sea of sadness.

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Animal Neglect - Hoarding

Hoarding animals is like any other hoarding. Collecting and keeping large numbers. Everyone's heard of "The Crazy Cat Lady" but has anyone ever been in her house or seen her animals? Sadly many animal hoarders think they are saving pets when in reality they are dooming them to a terrible life.

Having a large number of cats for example, makes it difficult to feed them all. Food may be provided but not in quantities large enough to be nutritionally adequate. Another problem is sanitation. Are there enough litter boxes for all the cats? Where do they eliminate? Dirty conditions can attract bugs and even rats.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund states on their website that up to two hundred and fifty thousand animals suffer from hoarding each year. It also states that seventy-two percent of hoarders are women.

Animal Hoarding


It’s been estimated that there are 900 to 2,000 new cases every year of animal hoarding in the US, with 250,000 animals falling victim.

Animal Neglect - Farm Animals in Corporations

I didn't know how best to title this but I meant farm animals that have been taken over by big business, after these big business corporations took over the family farms. The days of caring for farm animals and worrying about their well being are over!

I read an article entitled "In the Belly of the Beast" in Rolling Stone online (rollingstone,com). What a shocker. In an undercover piece about pigs, an undercover worker was not prepared for the pigs "piled three feet high in the slanted trenches below; the blood on sows’ snouts cut by cages so tight they can’t turn around or lie sideways; the racking cries of broken-legged pigs, hauled into alleys by dead-eyed workers and left there to die of exposure....."

This is humane treatment? This article goes on to tell about "abuse done to livestock herds by the country’s agri-giants, as well as slaughterhouses and livestock auctions". How can this be? Where is the Department of Agriculture? Evidently understaffed and unable to police any of these places.

Its bad enough these animals are bred for us to eat but must they be treated so cruelly while they live? Workers have been convicted of beating downed animals, and using stun guns to electrify animals that were unable to get up on their own feet, kicking and punching them, to name but a few of the cruelties these animals are subjected to, often leaving them bleeding, paralyzed or suffering from head injuries. mentions throwing animals against walls, burning them with cigarettes, and pulling eggs out from inside live chickens’ bodies to throw at one another. Researching this made me sick to my stomach.

Just like puppy mills, these animals are money. They no longer graze in pastures or run around in the sun. The saddest part is there is no law against animal abuse in slaughterhouses so many animals have their throats slit and bleed out, alive through the entire procedure. Animals feel pain just as we do so why are they subjected to this cruelty? For the sake of money?

I can't go on. Researching and reading about this cruelty made me stop to cry each time.

Cows in a Pasture

This is how a farm animal is supposed to live.
This is how a farm animal is supposed to live. | Source

What Can We Do?

What you can do
The Humane Farming Association
anti-cruelty investigations, legislation, media campaigns, and hands-on emergency care and refuge for abused farm animals
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Become a member; fund raise;
Ads and public service announcements; cruelty investigations; research; animal rescue' protest campaigns
investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals; anti-cruelty behavior team; forensic services; legal advocacy and more
The Humane Society of the United States
Donate; join online community; report animal cruelty;
Advocate for better laws; provide animal rescue and emergency response; maintain shelters and rehab clinics, and more

These are but a few of the organizations that care for and work for animals. We need to be aware and participate in any way we can. Not everyone can make regular donations but even a small one time donation is a help. Support your local animal shelter or volunteer time there, its a close to home solution.

Be vigilant. Notice the animals around you and how they are being treated. Report any cases of abuse or neglect that you see. Most importantly know who to report any abuse to! Support any law or politician that is advocating for better care for any animal.

Try to keep people you know, and those you don't, from buying puppies at a pet store. As sales go down and puppies lose their value puppy mills will shut down.

This is a blight on our society. To think that in this day and age animal cruelty not only exists but thrives. It is sickening and heartbreaking and we need to do something to stop it. Any action you take is a step in the right direction.

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      You must be so proud of your daughter Phyllis. She certainly sets the bar high. Of course I agree with you 100 percent. If a person abuses or neglects an animal, stay away from him.

      Bill, every animal we've had has been a member of our family. Like babies they depend on us and we have an obligation to love them and care for them.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Mary. Don't know how I missed this one. There is nothing that gets me going worse than someone who neglects or abuses animals. If you are going to neglect an animal then why get one. This kind of stuff just breaks my heart. Thank you for bringing this issue up and helping to raise awareness. Our 13 year old shih tzu is a member of our family. That's how we look at it and I quite certain that's how she looks at it.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      You are helping animals by writing this article, Mary. It is such an important, critical, message that every human needs to be aware of. I look at my precious little Pomeranian and thank God my daughter found him at the ASPCA shelter. He was homeless and in terrible shape, very poor health. He is now loved and cared for by me and my whole extended family adore and spoil him with attention and love. He deserves to be spoiled with love - every pet does.

      My daughter volunteers at ASPCA and posts information on lost pets. She keeps at it till a pet is found or adopted to a loving forever home. I share all her posts. She also spends time at the shelter on weekends just to visit the dogs and cats and give them attention and love. When she sits down in the middle of the 'cat room', all the cats come to her for love - they just sense the love in her and jump on her lap to cuddle.

      Looking at the abused animals and puppy mills makes me sick, but we all need to feel that shock and horror so we do something about it. These atrocities need to touch our life, deeply. To save an animal is to follow a divine path - to honor and respect all Creation is our intended purpose in life.

      Thank you, Mary.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Yes we do Melissa. Once we learned about puppy mills we learned the true horror. I can't imagine a bull running through my garden!

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      Melissa Orourke 

      4 years ago from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras

      You and I obviously have something in common! Our love for animals! In the U.S., Pennsylvania has a high rate of Puppy Mills. Surprisingly (at least to me) the Amish are the ones running them!

      Animal conditions here in the Caribbean are shocking. There is a large number of us working to educate and help the animals though!

      On a funny, but annoying note. The stupid bulls up the street get loose to often, and trample thru my yard and garden! They are skinny but scary ! Good Hub!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Chris I think it's one of the worst things a human being can do. Animals ask nothing from us but care. I can only hope this makes a difference.

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      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

      Mary, I've witnessed some animal cruelty over the years, and it angers me. Thank you for shining the light so brightly on this issue. There is no excuse for this behavior.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Suhail, religion or no religion there is never an excuse to neglect any animal.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Great article with lots of helpful tips.

      In my humble opinion, human atrocious attitude toward animals only stems from our belief that we are some super creation ordained to rule earth without any care and concern for other creations.

      While not all followers of religion, any religion that is, are oblivious of our duty to animals, those who are oblivious are mostly pseudo-religious in nature.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      You're so right Jackie. Domesticated animals especially, look to us for care and love. If you're not willing to do that then why have an animal? Makes no sense to me either. Stiffer punishment will certainly help.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      If there were stiffer laws and penalties on these things I bet it could improve animal owners memories to feed and water their animals. I just cannot for the life of me understand how anyone could be this way. I have 5 chickens and two cats (really just one but the neighbor one thinks it is mine) and it seems feed and water and keep check in hot or cold weather is all I do. But I love them and why would I have them just to let them go? Punishment is the answer when you can't speak to someone's heart.


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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      It really is heartbreaking Aesta. Hopefully awareness will help to stop it.

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      Mary Norton 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is so sad. I don't understand how people can do this. Good you are highlighting this issue.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      I feel exactly the same way. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to save these poor animals and give them a safe and loving home?

      Thanks for the angels and the votes. May the angels bless and follow you as well.

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      Patricia Scott 

      4 years ago from sunny Florida

      My heart aches for them. I just want to free them and take them to my safe haven. If only I could have such a place.

      I have seen these precious creature so abandoned and abused...I have called the police on a few...who did it to horses as well.

      This needs to stop!!! It is so wrong ...a precious creature to be tormented and often near death or dead from such treatment.

      Sending you many Angels this evening ps

      Voted up ++++

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Like you Glimmer Twin, I can't begin to imagine how neglect or abuse starts. Every animal is innocent and trusting of man. Unfortunately many men do not deserve that trust. Thank you.

      Thank you Heidi for your service! Its a wonderful thing you do serving on the Pet Shelter Board. Thanks for the vote and share too.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Thank you so much for spreading the word on animal cruelty! I'm on the board for our county's pet shelter foundation and know how much of an issue this is. Voted up and sharing!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 years ago

      Ugh this was hard to read but so important. Animal neglect/abuse is such a terrible thing. I am continually amazed at stories on the news about this. When I look at my 2 dogs or maybe an animal on a farm I wonder how people can look their animals in the eye and justify their cruelty. Great article on a difficult subject.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Deb. It truly makes me heartsick to think these poor animals are so blatantly abused.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for having done this work--not only has it opened your eyes more, but you have seen the reality of what the almighty dollar does to the minds of people. I commend you for this work, which I shall place on my Facebook page for all to see. Thanks for joining the fight, and know that this will make a difference.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      It just breaks my heart Rebecca. If it wasn't for my husband only wanting one dog, I'd probably have ten. We certainly need to close down those horrible puppy mills. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for a sad but important article. I just heard on the news yesterday about a puppy mill that was busted. I pray for all the poor chained dogs and mistreated animals. Blessings!

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Its a wonderful thing you do Anna and I totally agree, for the life of me I cannot find a reason why anyone would abuse an animal! Thank YOU for reading.

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      4 years ago

      I am a foster mother to kittens. Just knowing that I can give them love and care is so satisfying. I could never understand the abuse some animals experience by people without good hearts. Thank you for the hub.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      How wonderful dragonflycolor, if there were more people like you there would be no hubs like this.

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      4 years ago

      It's activities such as these that make me save as many as I can when I can. We've rescued 5 animals in two years and have successfully re-homed all of them to good people. Thank you for raising awareness.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      I certainly would not remove your comment Faith. The more detail people get the more they will understand and hopefully and change the situation.

      Hugs right back at you.

      I know teaches, its just so heartbreaking. I hope we can get through to those who need it. Some of the meaner folks will never be reached.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I could barely read about the abuse to these animals. How horrible! Growing up, I would see a few neighborhood animals suffer like this. Consequently, when they got loose - they were either mean or wanted some love. Your message is so important and I hope it influences many out there to help these poor creatures when abused.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      I see that it did take, and thought at first HP may have not allowed it due to my graphic description, unfortunately, at to what happened. So sad! It just broke my heart that maybe I could have done more myself. If it is too much in detail, you can remove it, dear Mary.

      God bless and Hugs

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Hopefully we can make it less common with education Peachpurple!

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      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      it is common to see pet owners to chain their dogs to a tree and leave them in a makeshift dog kennel outside the home where thunder and lightnings drench those pets

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Yes Faith your comment took. Unfortunately it showed up close and personal how cruel and stupid some people can be. You show a perfect example of how sometimes even reporting abusers to authorities doesn't work. I hate to think its because they don't care but rather they are overworked and can't deal with the problems? Whichever the reason is, we need our "authorities", politicians, and everyone else to pick up this torch! Thank you dear Faith for your comment, votes and shares.

      Jaye if anyone calls you a tree hugger within my hearing that'll be the last time they do! I am proud to call you a friend and even more proud of your involvement and your knowledge. Your comment could be part of my hub. It all comes down to money! I can only wonder if Karma will find these folks, there is no way that any cruelty to any animal should be acceptable and I agree with you that there should be FEDERAL laws regulating both private citizens and corporations of any kind. I truly appreciate your comment, filled with knowledgeable facts by the way, as well as your vote and shares.

      I know Audrey, it is so sad as to be incomprehensible!

      There is no other species on earth that treats others with such cruelty, you are so right Writer Fox. If only this hub actually did some good. It seems here I am preaching to the choir.

      Thank YOU June for coming here and trying to read the horrors so many ignore.

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      June Campbell 

      4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I am sorry but I cannot bear to read your hub. I get upset just thinking about the animals that are hurt an abused. ThAnk you for publicizing this Ouse. I pray it does some good.

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      Writer Fox 

      4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      This is an important and riveting article. It's quite true that mankind is the most cruel of all creations. What is so sad is that animals can't call a hotline when they are being mistreated. I voted this up and am sharing because I want others to read your message.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      I write my response through the tears coursing down my face. Such an important article. Peta and Aspca need all our support--we all need to protect animals--

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      Jaye Denman 

      4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Mary - Bless you for being brave enough to soldier on through the horrific research in order to write this much-needed article. I abhor any type of cruelty to animals and cannot understand how anyone could mistreat a so-called 'pet.'

      Puppy mills are not legislated in many states and municipalities simply because they are seen as moneymakers (which they are--the lengths to which people will go to turn profits from animals is inhumane). In one smaller town I learned about in Arkansas, an official whose relative ran a puppy mill actually forced out the local Humane Society chapter. Disgusting!

      I rant and rail about factory farms to everyone I know because it is incomprehensible to me how people can buy and eat meat that is derived from unconscionable animal cruelty. Sadly, too many people either disregard the truth because they don't want to know it or--even worse--don't care. What many don't realize is that the horrendous conditions of factory farms and the unsafe practices for shortening the birth-to-slaughter time make the end 'product' unsafe for human consumption.

      I'm a member of three of the organizations you listed and don't give a damn who calls me a 'tree hugger.' Animal cruelty in any form should not be allowed. Animal rights laws should be federal, not left to states, and sentences for convictions should be stringent. Factory farms should be outlawed altogether! Will this happen? Probably not, since most members of Congress are beholden to their corporate donors and afraid to vote against them. If Congressional members don't care about the welfare of humans (think: food supply safety)--and they obviously don't--why would we expect them to care about the welfare of animals?

      Thanks for writing this article, and I hope everyone who reads it shares extensively. Voted Up+++ and shared.


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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      I hope my long comment took. Meant to add that I tweeted and pinned and voted up +++

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, this is such a sad reality far too often, dear Mary. I did not answer your poll because I have done both. First I tried to talk to the owner, to no avail, then had no choice to report them. In one of the neighborhoods I used to live in before we moved to the small town, one day I was watering my flowers around my pool in the backyard. I live in the deep South, and I remember it being near 100 degrees or hotter. Well, I kept hearing this strange sound coming from over the privacy fence. Much to my horror, it was our neighbors two labs jumping in the air in an attempt to catch some water droplets from my hose while I was watering my flowers! My heart broke to pieces and I went over there and filled up heir water bowls which were dry as a bone. When the owner came home I told him that is neglect and they will die! He said he understood and would make sure they had water and food everyday. I told him that dogs cannot live without fresh water each day, as this southern sun will make their drinking water hot and evaporate it. He seemed concerned, but one day I came home for lunch and saw one dog had died! I had reported him before, but they did not seem to take action then, and then this happened!

      Why do people take on pets and then have no idea that they cannot live without food and water at the very minimum. I suggested that he give them away to a good home if he did not have time to care for them, but that did not register.


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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      A true observation Terrance. Abusing the can they?

      Bless you dahoglund, taking a rescue like that takes a special person. Friends of ours took a greyhound rescue. It was so sad, she didn't know what anything was; a car, stairs, a mirror. She'd spent her life in a pen or on a racetrack!

      Thanks Eric. It just breaks my heart. I wish I could do more. I live too far from the local animal shelter to spend regular time there but I do drop off food, toys, blankets, etc.

      I know Frank. It was the hardest thing I've ever written. I had to keep stopping to cry for those poor babies, they are just like babies with their open trust of humans.

      That's great Sheila. I remember my son confronting a rather big man about his dog being left in a hot truck. My son could care less how big he was or how mad he got, he was just concerned for the dog!

      Alicia I was only too happy to create this hub and hope it helps some poor animal somewhere. It was just difficult to do.

      Oh Paula, it was awful. It was like watching one of those commercials over and over. Trying to find pictures was sheer torture. You are so right about the "kind of people" who do this but sadly enough there are also kindhearted souls who just have no clue,mostly the hoarders. Thanks for all the shares, its good to keep the thought in people's mind.

      Definitely Nell. The more we talk about it the more visible it becomes. Many animal abusers are people abusers too. You and I are definitely on the same page.

      Thanks DD. I'm glad I made my point and hope it helps somewhere.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You know I have seen on documentaries of how people treat animals so badly and leave them starving all day. It breaks my heart to see animals in hunger and neglected. Your point made clearly.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      If I ever saw anyone hurting an animal I would probably go to jail for life because I would commit murder, my blood pressure goes up just reading about it, in fact probably more than if someone hurt a human! I think we all feel the same mary, its horrible and needs to be stamped out, well done for bringing it out in the open, I just hope something is done about those evil monsters who hurt animals, nell

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tillie....I have no idea how you got through this piece. You had to be emotionally spent by the last line. You were brave to take on this topic. As horrendous as it is, people need to know the hard core facts of this animal cruelty. It is rampant.

      I too cry at those heartbreaking commercials, showing the sadness, loneliness & severe neglect of precious dogs and cats.

      I don't think we need to describe what "kind" of a human being is capable of such unforgivable cruelty.........Up++tweeted & googled.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very important article. I can understand why it was so painful to write. The cruel treatment of animals is sickening and heartbreaking. It's important to raise awareness of the situation, so thank you very much for creating this hub.

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      4 years ago

      Thanks for providing the information about the different types of animal abuse. I'm definitely one of those people who report any abuse I see as soon as I see it.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      Till, I hate hubs like this.. defenseless animals in our care and sh.. like this happens.. I love pets and can't stand the abuse.. I hate reading it because it;s just too much.. however, it has to be shown,, blind eyes must be opened including mine : (

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks for doing such a great job of keeping this issue alive and in the forefront of minds. It is not enough simply to treat animals well. We must be proactive.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      We got a Husky from a rescue organization. Her coat was dirty and tangled. Her ribs and backbone were visible. We were told the dog was tied outside when the rescue people took the dog. Her collar was embedded was also fearful and shy. Her physical condition is much better, but she still has some distrust.

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      terrance davis 

      4 years ago

      Many people treat their pets as if they are humans. So when someone mistreats an animal they are merely displaying their dishonesty as a human being.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      As always you are so right Maria. Many times people in abusive homes turn out to be abusive to their animals. I've never been in that position so I can't understand it, never could. I would think if you'd been abused you would want better for your children (or your animals).

      How lucky Andy is, I know I've been cuddling my little Buzz more too. Sending love and hugs back to you two from us. Have a great day!

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      "I can't go on. Researching and reading about this cruelty made me stop to cry each time."

      Oh Mary, Mary...I thank you and yet I hate that this issue has to even be written about. I could absolutely kill without a second thought at the very idea of someone laying a cruel hand on an innocent animal (BTW, I do feel the same way about people...)

      I remind myself objectively that 'some' of this is a symptom of our own evils...parents who abuse children can raise children who abuse animals...who can even grow up to become serial killers... a vicious cycle of abuse over those with less power than us.

      No matter what the reason, however, the very thought is sickening and Mr. Andy Jordan has gotten extra cuddles today, as we get ready to go for our morning romp about the neighborhood...

      Thank you for this 'difficult to write' piece that needs to be doing so now... Love and big hugs from mar and Andy

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Bill it boggles my mind that this surreal cruelty is even allowed in this day and age. I can't imagine that it happens daily to poor, defenseless animals. This hub is a result of your challenge to raise awareness, thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've seen some videos of neglect and abuse on corporate food farms and it was enough to make me murderous. I'll never understand this kind of cruelty....never....nor will I ever tolerate it. Thank you for raising awareness about this, Mary.


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