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REPORT ABUSE

Use your voice to help animals suffering from cruelty.

Investigating reports of animal cruelty is one of the toughest but most vital parts of our mission. Our Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit responds to more than 1,500 cases of animal cruelty each year, rescuing thousands of animals from abuse and neglect.

What to do

What to do if you suspect abuse.

If you suspect an animal is being abused or neglected, the best thing to do is contact the right authorities. Texas law protects animals from cruelty and abuse. Do not try to resolve the issue yourself.

Report to
SPCA of Texas

We respond to cases in Dallas, Hunt, Kaufman and Van Zandt counties in Texas. Call 214-742-7722 or submit a report online. The identity of individuals reporting abuse is kept confidential.

Make a Report Online

Contact Local
Authorities

If you are reporting from outside our service area, contact local law enforcement and/or your local animal control agency. The identity of individuals reporting abuse is kept confidential.

Local Animal Control

WHAT ABUSE LOOKS LIKE

Texas law protects animals from cruelty.

Texas Health and Safety Code prohibits a person from intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cruelly treating an animal. The following actions are defined as cruel punishment. 

  • Torturing an animal 
  • Failing to provide food, care or shelter 
  • Abandoning an animal
  • Transporting or confining an animal in a cruel manner 
  • Killing, seriously injuring or poisoning an animal 
  • Causing an animal to fight with another 
  • Using a live animal as a lure in a dog race 
  • Tripping a horse 
  • Injuring an animal belonging to another person 
  • Seriously overworking an animal