To Report Suspected Animal Cruelty, Neglect or Abuse
The Humane Society of Richland County currently has four humane agents, and there is one on call 24/7. All complaints regarding possible animal cruelty/neglect/abandonment must ONLY be made by calling the shelter at 419-774-4795, Email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or through the “send message” button on our Facebook page.
Calls/emails/Facebook messages to staff’s personal accounts will not be responded to.
**The shelter operates a food bank for pet owners that need temporary assistance. Applications for assistance can be found by visiting the shelter.
Call responded to: Cruelty means knowingly committing an act upon an animal, including to: torture, torment, mutilate, maim, cruelly beat, poison or needlessly kill. As in ORC 959.13 cruelty also includes lack of fresh air and wholesome exercise.
Neglect- any act that is negligently committed upon an animal, including to: torture, torment, mutilate, maim, cruelly beat, poison, needlessly kill, confine the animal without supplying food, water and shelter from the elements (if the animal would become sick or suffer as a result).
Abandonment – If an animal is confined and continues without food, water, and attention for more than fifteen successive hours, the animal may be taken for its own safety.
Carrying or conveying an animal in a cruel or inhumane manner
Will assist in calls about animals in distress i.e. loose horses/cows, trapped animals, etc.
Dogfighting/Animal fighting/Trapshooting (with live animals).