Stacy Stine Cary is a Texas-based entrepreneur and philanthropist. Stacy Cary is especially involved with Operation Kindness and other organizations that advocate for animal protection.
Any individual who sees an incident of animal abuse should report the occurrence to the local authorities and any nearby animal-rights organizations. However, sometimes a person may sense an animal is being abused without having witnessed an actual event. There are several signs that should tip a person off to potential abuse.
Physical signs of abuse are often the most obvious. An animal that has been physically abused may appear seriously underweight or have open and untreated wounds. Abused animals may also be very dirty, with matted coats and long nails. Similarly, any animals left outdoors should have access to food and water. A cat or dog left outside without either resource is likely either suffering from abuse or, at best, living with an uninformed owner.
Other signs of abuse may be less overt. For example, owners who leave their animals outdoors should use a fence or tie to make sure their animal does not wander away. However, abused animals may be tied down in a way that allows little to no movement. Other ties, such as chains and spiked collars, are generally considered abuse, regardless of how much movement they allow the animal.
Finally, odd animal behavior is a very common sign of animal abuse. Abused animals often avoid human contact and either hide or assume a submissive posture the moment a human comes near. In other situations, an animal may become severely hostile, regardless of a nearby human’s demeanor, especially if the animal has been involved in animal fighting.