Reporting Animal Cruelty

If you witness animal cruelty or neglect, call animal control immediately (see numbers listed below. If you are outside of Delaware, find out who your local animal control is or call the local police department non-emergency line to find out). Give as much detail as possible. Document what you have witnessed; a camera phone can help. If you suspect neglect, consider offering to help find a new home for the animal. If you are fearful of approaching the family, call the police and animal control confidentially.

  • If you have witnessed animal cruelty in Delaware, file a report with the Office of Animal Welfare (302-255-4646)
  • If you have witnessed animal cruelty in Pennsylvania, call the SPCA’s animal abuse hotline: 1-866-601-SPCA
  • If you have witnessed animal cruelty in Maryland, file a report with the county’s animal control.
  • If you have witnessed animal cruelty in New Jersey, file a report with NJ SPCA: 800-582-5979

Reporting Dogfighting                                                             

Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states. Know the signs:

  • Equipment associated with dogfighting, like multiple cages, pits, rings, heavy chains, weights, ­wooden ramps and treadmills
  • Presence of multiple pit bulls kept separate, out on chains, or locked up. Many of these dogs are kept chained in backyards, basements, or warehouses.
  • Dogs with wounds, scars and untreated injuries
  • Blood spatters
  • Veterinarian supplies
  • An owner abusing dogs
  • Dogfighting magazines
  • Heavy traffic of people and dogs to and from a particular property

Call your local police department and animal control agency. Give them as many details as you can about the suspected animal fighting operation. You do not need to give your name to law enforcement to report your information. 

The HSUS offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in dogfighting. If you have information about illegal animal fighting in your area, you can call HSUS’s animal fighting tip line at 877-TIP-HSUS and your information will be kept confidential.

Never approach someone you suspect of being involved in dog fighting. These individuals are often linked to gangs and other criminal activities.

Information from: Humane Society of the United States