Cleveland APL urges animal neglect reporting

(Plain Press, March 2006) The Cleveland Animal Protective League is encouraging residents to report suspected animal abuse or neglect. To report a concern, call APL Humane Investigations at 216-771-4616, extension 130. Callers may remain anonymous.

According to APL Executive Director, Dori Villalon, the agency’s Humane Investigators responded to 1700 calls in 2005, a seven percent increase from the previous year. “The increase in calls isn’t necessarily due to a rise in animal neglect, but an increased awareness of animal husbandry,” explains Villalon. “We are encouraged by more people being aware of proper standards and getting involved in animal protection.”

The most common cases reported to the APL concern animals deprived of food, water, or shelter. Under Ohio Revised Code 959.13, pet owners are required to ensure that animals have access to sufficient quantities of wholesome food and water, access to shelter, and are provided veterinary care for illness or injuries. “Our first approach is usually educational,” explains Villalon, “but our officers are empowered to immediately confiscate animals that are at risk and we will prosecute offenders who do not comply with the law.”

The Humane Investigations Department is a department within the Cleveland Animal Protective League, Cuyahoga County’s only humane society and the only animal rescue agency empowered to enforce local and State animal protection laws. In addition to animal rescue, the APL shelters 11,000 homeless animals a year and offers animals for adoption. Serving the community since 1913, the APL is a 501©(3) nonprofit donor-funded organization that does not receive any governmental funding. The agency is located in the Tremont neighborhood. For more information on Cleveland APL services, call 216-771-4616 or visit www.clevelandapl.org.

 

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