Report Animal Cruelty
The Humane Society of Lebanon County’s Animal Rescue Team works with law enforcement to investigate illegal animal cruelty, targeting the worst cases of animal abuse in the region. Beginning with assistance with investigation and prosecution, our involvement continues with hands-on rescue, sheltering, and eventual placement of abused animals.
HSLC helps the law enforcement agencies which are empowered and required by law to enforce cruelty laws by bringing our considerable and unique resources to their aid: highly trained and expert staff with decades of cruelty law enforcement experience, facilities to help cruelty victims recover, and access to veterinarians and support staff. HSLC helps police do what they do best - prosecute criminals - by doing what we do best - helping animals in need. Together we work to ensure that animals in crisis get the swift help they need and cruelty law violators get the prosecution they deserve.
Do you suspect an animal is being abused? It not always as clear cut under the law as one may think. Here are two excellent resources offered by ASPCA and AHA which provide excellent step-by-step information on evaluating potential cruelty, gathering needed information, and reporting animal cruelty.
Remember: Police are required to respond to animal cruelty reports. If you see animal cruelty, call your local police and report it. If you are with a law enforcement agency and wish to learn more about the assistance and programs available to help you from HSLC, please contact us at (717) 628-1369.
- Click here to read 18 Pa CS § 5511, Cruelty to Animals, to see if a cruelty violation has occurred or if the violation is of dog law, animal control statutes, animal related zoning, or rabies law.
- If you believe there is a dog law, animal control, animal related zoning or noise, or rabies violation, click here for the contact information for your municipality.
- For all other concerns, please call HSLC at (717) 628-1369. We regret that the HSLC is unable to respond to anonymous complaints. Please leave your name and phone number so that we can contact you. Your information is kept confidential.