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Don't be afraid to report a case of possible animal cruelty or abuse, and speak for those who can't speak for themselves.
There is certain information needed to investigate an animal abuse/neglect case. A direct witness is required; the complaint cannot be based on hearsay.
- Complainant information: name, address, telephone
- Exact location or address of the animal(s)
- Any information on the owner of the animal(s)
- Statement from complainant
- Condition of animal(s)
- Conditions in which animal(s) are living
If you suspect abuse, please contact us at (615) 898-7740. If you do not want your name mentioned, please understand that we need specific information from a complainant (name, address, phone number) for the purpose of obtaining a search warrant, if needed. For livestock neglect/abuse reports: Please direct livestock animal concerns to the TN Department of Agriculture - [click here to file a livestock welfare complaint].
Possible Signs of Animal Cruelty
- Collar so tight it has caused a neck wound
- Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds
- Untreated skin conditions that have caused loss of hair, skin, bumps or rashes
- Extreme thinness or emaciation (bones may be visible)
- Fur infested with fleas, ticks or other parasites
- Patches of bumpy, scaly skin rashes
- Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails and dirty coat
- Weakness, limping or inability to stand or walk normally
- Heavy discharge from eyes or nose
- An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal
- Visible signs of confusion or extreme drowsiness
Click here for set of rules & regulations pertaining to animal control in Rutherford County, TN.
- Pets tied up alone outside for long periods of time without adequate food or water, or with food or water that is unsanitary.
- Pets kept outside in inclement weather without access to adequate shelter.
- Animals kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass or other objects that could harm them.
- Animals housed in kennels or cages (often crowded in with other animals) that are too small to allow them to stand, turn around and make normal movements.