My Neighbor Neglects or Abuses his Dog

What Can I Do?

Little dog in white cage.
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If you witness abuse or acts of cruelty, phone 911 or your local police department immediately!
Steps You Can Take:
  • Talk to your neighbor. Carefully try to determine whether your neighbor neglects his dog unknowingly, or accidentally. Often a person can find himself unable to properly care for an animal, or was unprepared for the amount of dedication a dog needs.
    Offer to take the dog off his hands. Offer a sum of money if need be. Once he has relinquished the dog (it is strongly recommended that you obtain a proof of purchase, or receipt), you can then turn the dog over to a rescue, or keep the dog yourself.
    Call your local humane society, SPCA branch, or animal control department. Describe what you have seen in regards to your neighbor's neglect or mistreatment of his dog. They will either take action, or advise you further.
If you witness abuse or acts of cruelty, phone 911 or your local police department immediately!
Steps You Can Take:
  • Talk to your neighbor. Carefully try to determine whether your neighbor neglects his dog unknowingly, or accidentally. Often a person can find himself unable to properly care for an animal, or was unprepared for the amount of dedication a dog needs.
    Offer to take the dog off his hands. Offer a sum of money if need be. Once he has relinquished the dog (it is strongly recommended that you obtain a proof of purchase, or receipt), you can then turn the dog over to a rescue, or keep the dog yourself.
    Call your local humane society, SPCA branch, or animal control department. Describe what you have seen in regards to your neighbor's neglect or mistreatment of his dog. They will either take action, or advise you further.