HSUS LogoCruelty is an epidemic in our society and far too often visited upon those who cannot defend themselves from it. It’s a sad state of affairs when a report is released on the TOP 100 cases of animal cruelty! And that’s after the HSUS examined over 2500 case and excluded the following to make the list more ‘manageable’;

  • No dogfighting-related cases. (One exception was an animal control officer using dogs supposedly under his protection for dogfighting. The officer’s inherent responsibility to the animals made this case worthy of the exception.)
  • No bestiality cases.
  • No wildlife cases.
  • No hoarding cases.

In addition to these restrictions, the decision was made not to base inclusion on the number of animals affected in a single case.

At this time, 42 states have felony provisions in their animal cruelty statutes and several more are considering adding it this year. Find out more here – Animal Cruelty Laws: Where Does Your State Stand?

You can also download a PDF detailing state by state animal cruelty laws – Click here!

And the conclusion of the One Hundred of the Worst Animal Cruelty Cases report from the HSUS??


Animal cruelty occurs in all types of neighborhoods, all across our country. Because animals are unable to speak for themselves, the American public must intervene on their behalf. For information on how to recognize and report suspected cases of animal cruelty, visit www.hsus.org/reportcruelty.

When a case is reported, the public should let prosecutors, judges and legislators know that they want animal cruelty taken seriously. Those who commit acts of violent brutality, regardless of the victim, must be held accountable for their actions.

We, as human beings, must stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves!! We must work harder to have stronger laws and legislation enacted in our states and nationwide to fight and punish animal cruelty.

You can read the story from Cleveland.com here .

Humane society tracks animal cruelty nationwide

by Donna J. Miller djmiller@plaind.com
April 19, 2007 10:58AM

The Humane Society of the United States released a report this morning that details 100 of the most extreme cases of animal cruelty that occurred last year in the U. S.

This week is Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week.

Dale Bartlett, deputy manager of animal cruelty issues for H.S.U.S.said, “by drawing attention to these graphic cruelty cases we hope to persuade the public, the courts and legislatures that animal cruelty is a serious threat to community safety and to the moral fabric of our society.”

“People can protect their own communities by pulling animal cruelty out of the shadows and exposing it for the awful injustice it is,” he said in a news release.

The report can be viewed at www.hsus.org/crueltyreport2006 .

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