Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | April 9, 2008

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Candy - Author of Week

Candy - Author of Week

April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month and distressingly, animal cruelty is still a very real and regular occurrence across the nation and world, requiring concerned activism and awareness in order to be stopped. Fortunately, with growing mainstream media coverage of this issue (including last week’s entire Oprah show addressing the horrors of puppy mills, as well as a weekly “animal cop” series) animal cruelty is becoming less accepted and/or ignored by the masses.

However, the reality is that animal cruelty still regularly occurs and it can be occurring in your own neighborhood. In the past, when Second Chance staff has gone into classrooms to teach humane education and proper care of pets, we have heard many stories from students who have witnessed cruelty and neglect occurring by people that they know. In nearby Olathe there exists a puppy mill with serious repeated offenses that is still in full operation (more on this in future pet column). Animal cruelty is a true and current issue and only concerned and aware citizens can put an end to it.

Preventing animal cruelty starts by learning to recognize it through the following signs and symptoms:

  • Tick or flea infestations. Such a condition, if left untreated by a veterinarian, can lead to an animal’s death.
  • Wounds on the body.
  • Patches of missing hair.
  • Extremely thin, starving animals.
  • Limping.
  • An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
  • Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.
  • Dogs who have been hit by cars-or are showing any of the signs listed above-and have not been taken to a veterinarian.
  • Dogs who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.
  • Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners.

Reporting animal cruelty requires a call to your local law enforcement and providing details such as the type of cruelty that you witnessed, who was involved, the date of the incident and where it took place. Animals can not ask for help and require others willing to do it for them.

Further activism can involve joining the fight for the passage of strong anti-cruelty laws on federal, state and local levels by involvement with advocacy groups such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Current laws still allow some perpetrators of animal cruelty to receive minor penalties, we need stronger laws and stronger penalties to better protect innocent victimized animals.

You can also choose to talk to children and young adults about how to treat animals with kindness and respect. Prevention is one of the best ways to make animal cruelty a thing of the past. And another very direct means of making a difference is to foster or adopt an animal that has been abused in their former homes, giving these dogs and cats the chance they deserve to have a good life and teaching them to trust and feel joy again.

This week’s featured adoptable pet is Candy, a lovely, loving, and loveable Australian Shepherd who is looking for a home without small children where she can be the center of attention and shower her new family with her endless devoted love and affection. She is extremely bright and, at three years of age, well trained and eager to please.

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet or learn about SCHS Spay/Neuter Vouchers, Volunteer & Foster Care and other Programs. Visit to see our adoptable pets. Responses to Pet Columns can be sent to:


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