Combating Animal Abuse in Humboldt County

EUREKA (KIEM)– Examples of animal abuse includes dog-fighting, leaving an animal inside an unattended car, poisoning, leaving them caged without adequate food and water.

Throughout Humboldt County we have seen animal abuse and something must be done to change it.

One Eureka resident witnessed animal cruelty Thursday. She tells us that she saw two dogs chained to an abandoned vehicle.

The dogs broke through the cardboard window, and we left without food and water.

We all need to be more aware of what is happening and if something doesn’t look right, make sure to report it immediately.

Once authorities receive a report of animal abuse there are steps they must take to determine if the dog is in need of being rescued.

As of 2007, it is illegal for pet owners to chain or tether their dog to a stationary object for more than three hours in a given 24-hour period. You can be punishable by an infraction or misdemeanor with time in jail.

If you see or suspect animal abuse report it immediately to local law enforcement, you could be saving a life.