The North Carolina Attorney General has launched a new tool for reporting animal cruelty around the state. Once received, the complaint is then referred to the proper local authorities.
Animal abuse is illegal under state law. Acts of animal cruelty include wounding, injuring, tormenting/killing an animal, and depriving an animal of necessary nourishment.
Attorney General Roy Cooper said in a press release that he understands how important it is that animals get the care they need. He, too, is a pet owner.
Citizens reporting animals experiencing physical harm under the care of individuals or those tasked with caring for animals like a horse stable, pet shop, or animal shelter should contact the North Carolina Attorney General’s Animal Welfare Hotline. When reporting, a timeline detailing any evidence, including any photos or video captured, should be included in the complaint.
When contacting the Animal Welfare Hotline, the AG’s office states those reporting may also report any incidents to their local animal control or Sheriff’s Office.
State lawmakers created the Animal Welfare Hotline during the 2015 session of the NC General Assembly and placed it in the Attorney General’s Office effective March 1, 2016.