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Spot Animal Abuse & Neglect

Our pets and other animals rely on us to take care or them and provide them with needed veterinary services, food water and shelter. However, this kind of care is not always offered.

Generally, animal cruelty can be divided into two categories: neglect and intentional cruelty.

Neglect is the failure to provide an animal with the most basic of requirements of food, water, shelter and veterinary care, and is often the result of ignorance on the part of the pet owner. Intentional cruelty occurs when an individual purposely inflicts physical harm or injury on an animal.

Animal owners and caretakers, under local and state law, must provide nutritious and wholesome food and water; dry shelter with adequate ventilation and protection from direct sunlight; and proper veterinary care from a licensed professional as needed.

Causing an animal to fight another, intentionally harming or abandoning an animal is illegal.

Spot Animal Cruelty

You may be a witness to Cruelty if you see an animal that:

  • Is repeatedly left alone without food and water
  • Kept outside without shelter
  • Abandoned
  • Has wounds on its body
  • Has severe hair loss
  • Is extremely thin
  • Is physically abused
  • Is provoked into fighting another animal

If you witness animal neglect or Cruelty, report it to Fort Worth Animal Care and Control. Animal fighting should be immediately reported to the Fort Worth Police Department.

Task Force

The Animal task force will review operations and adherence of procedures and laws. The task force will hold at least one public meeting about the shelter as it operates between December and March.

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Assistant Director:
Dr. Tim Morton

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