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Recognizing Animal Cruelty

Animal cruelty is not only wrong -- it is against the law. If you see signs of animal abuse, don’t keep it to yourself; abuse of any kind should be reported immediately.  We need your eyes and ears in order to identify cases of cruelty, abuse and neglect in our community.  Our animal cruelty investigators would not know about most cases of animal abuse without phone calls from concerned citizens.

By reporting suspected animal cruelty, you ensure that animals in jeopardy can receive lifesaving care and intervention.  By making a complaint, you help ensure that animals in need are rescued and that perpetrators of animal cruelty are brought to justice.

In the state of Illinois, all owners of companion animals (those animals considered to be pets, including, but not limited to dogs, cats, birds, horses, mules) are required by law to provide the following for each of their animals:

Failure of an owner to provide the above is considered animal cruelty, neglect or abuse.

Wish Bone Rescue Humane Investigators will respond to complaints of animal abuse, cruelty and neglect  for all companion animals in the vicinity of Bloomington/Normal, IL and to equine complaints in McLean County, IL.

Some Signs of Animal Abuse:

Animal Hoarding

Animal hoarding is another type of cruelty and is a complex and intricate public health and community issue.  Its effects are far-reaching and encompass mental health, animal welfare and public safety concerns.  A companion animal hoarder is someone who:

Reporting Animal Cruelty, Abuse & Neglect

Please note, if the animal is in immediate jeopardy (such as a dog/cat in a hot car or animal being beaten), call the local police for an immediate response. They are always willing to help with companion animal cases. Bloomington police dispatch: 309/820-8888. Normal dispatch: 309/888-5030.

Wish Bone Rescue’s Humane Investigators are approved by the state of Illinois to investigate reports of abuse against all companion animals (those animals considered to be pets, including, but not limited to dogs, cats, parrots, horses, mules, etc.).

If you believe you have witnessed animal cruelty, please contact our Animal Cruelty Investigators at 309-808-4477, send an email to wbcrshelter@gmail.com or complete our online form. Please include your name and phone number in your email so our investigator may contact you for required details of the abuse you have witnessed. Your name will always remain confidential and the abuser will never be told who reported them. If it is possible to do so, take a photograph of the problem.

Please have as much of the following information as possible when you contact us:

  1. Name & phone number of the offender, if known
  2. Address where the animal is being kept, or good directions including nearest crossroad, township, etc.
  3. The area where the animal is being kept (for example, rear yard, cellar, shed, etc.)
  4. A description of the animal (type, breed, color, age, sex)
  5. Dates and times abuse was witnessed
  6. The nature of the abuse
  7. License plate number (if automobile is involved) and description of the driver and/or passenger(s).