Complaints of Animal Cruelty can now be Made to North Carolina Attorney General's Office

Complaints of Animal Cruelty can now be Made to North Carolina Attorney General's Office
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March 3, 2016

North Carolinians can now report animal cruelty through an Animal Welfare Hotline managed by the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.

The North Carolina General Assembly established the hotline during its 2015 session and it became active on March 1. Those filing complaints have the option to submit one online and through the mail, as well as by calling the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.

"As a pet owner, I understand how important it is that our animal companions get the care they need," Attorney General Roy Cooper said in a written statement. "I encourage North Carolinians to use this new tool if they have information to report about animals being harmed."

Cruelty toward animals is illegal under state law. North Carolinians can report animals experiencing physical harm under the care of an individual, pet shop, kennel or animal shelter to the hotline.

Under North Carolina law, acts of animal cruelty include wounding, injuring, tormenting or killing an animal, depriving an animal of necessary nourishment, or causing any of these things to occur to an animal.

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office will review animal welfare complaints submitted via the hotline and refer them, when applicable, to the appropriate authority. Depending on the details of the complaint, local animal control officials, the local Sheriff, or the NC Department of Agriculture may have the authority to take action.

People who contact the Animal Welfare Hotline are also welcome to share their animal cruelty concerns directly with their local animal control or Sheriff's office.

To file a report with the Animal Welfare Hotline, call 1-855-290-6915 or fill out the complaint form online.

Complaints by mail can be sent to:
P.O. Box 629
Attention: Animal Welfare Hotline
Raleigh, NC 27602