Report Animal Cruelty or Neglect

If you suspect abuse, neglect, abandonment of their pets, or animal fighting within Allegheny County, please fill out the form below or contact our Humane Investigations Department at 412-345-7300 ext.245 or Investigations@HumaneAnimalRescue.org. If the situation is an emergency, dial 911.

All reports of animal abuse are kept confidential, but in many cases we are not able to investigate anonymous complaints. In some cases a signed witness affidavit/statement form must be obtained in order to proceed with our investigation. As a result of an investigation, complainants may be subpoenaed to provide court testimony and be identified, in open court, as a witness for the prosecution. If your complaint is within our jurisdiction, it will be accepted and an investigation will be initiated. If not, we will give you the phone number for the correct agency.

Local Animal Control should be contacted for animals running at-large, vaccine and license violations, exceeding the local pet limit and nuisance violations. If you are within Pittsburgh City limits and you suspect that a local animal control ordinance is being violated please contact the City of Pittsburgh Animal Control: 412-255-2036.

If you are an eyewitness, please provide the following:

  • Contact information; name, phone number and an email address (if available). Your contact information may aid in our investigation if we need further information from you.
  • A detailed description of your concerns and observations.
  • An accurate address and a physical description of the location of the alleged abuse. If you do not know the address, please provide the nearest cross street, the nearest address and clear directions to the location.
  • Please advise if you have alerted other agencies or organizations of your concerns.

Do not provide anything that you did not witness or things that someone else told you. Hearsay and secondhand information cannot be investigated and is not admissible in court. Only those with firsthand knowledge of the animal cruelty should file a report. Our Humane Investigations Department is staffed Monday-Friday from 7 am – 5 pm. If you need to report an animal cruelty situation during non-business hours, or In Case Of Emergency, please call 911. Local police can also enforce the animal cruelty laws, which can be found in Title 18, Chapter 55, Subchapter B of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.

File a Complaint
  • Incident and Location

    Tell us about the incident(s) of cruelty or neglect, as well as the actors.
  • Drop files here or
  • Your Information

    Remember: We keep this confidential

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