City and county to proclaim National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

The initiative seeks to shed light on animal abuse and neglect in our community
Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 5:36 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2021 at 6:29 PM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - Here at home, there are hundreds of reports of animal cruelty

For the month of April, the City of Laredo and other cities are joining together to raise awareness of preventing and reporting abuse to our furry friends.

In 2020, the Laredo Animal Care Services received over 600 calls involving cruelty to animals, resulting in 13 citations.

This year, the city service has gotten nearly 400 phone calls, 30 citations issued, 2 arrests, and 3 pending investigations dealing with animal cruelty.

Every 60 seconds, one animal suffers abuse.

Most animals that come into the hands of the Laredo Animal Care Services are strays, while some victims of cruelty.

“They are scare for the most part,” said Maribel Massiel. “They don’t want to interact.”

Laredo Animal Care Services, or LACS, says abuse isn’t only physically “hurting” an animal, it’s also what seems like an “act of love.”

“We tend to think were doing something good by taking care of a lot of animals, but are we treating them equally to their advantage. That’s the question.”

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals says 250,000 animals in the U.S. are victims of animal hoarding every year…

A city ordinance says it is “unlawful for a person to keep five or more small animals, or fowl in any combination.”

“Sometimes you’re not sure that they’re all eating equally because there will always be one that will be dominant.”

Apart from improper shelter, dehydration, and starvation, pets can end up with serious medical issues.

“Animal gets hurt and they’re not treated. Then they’re just left there to see if time will heal them for that matter.”

If you’re a pet owner who doesn’t want their pet anymore, LACS says to give them up for adoption.

If you’re interested in adopting a furry friend you can to contact Laredo Animal Care Services at 956-625-1860.

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