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Animal Cruelty Resources

  • Sheriff’s Animal Cruelty Hotline     602.876.1681
  • Radio Dispatch     602.876.1011
  • Arizona Humane Society     602.997.7585 ext. 2073
  • City of Mesa     480.644.2268
  • City of Surprise     623.583.1085
  • Equine Cruelty     623.326.9378
  • Yavapai County Animal Cruelty Hotline     928.771.3595

The Yavapai Humane Society defines animal cruelty as either passive or active. Passive cruelty includes starvation, dehydration, inadequate shelter and failure to seek veterinary care for illness or injury. Active cruelty  includes deliberate and intentional harm to an animal. – if you know of or would like to investigate abuse by veterinarians.


Animal cruelty may be reported also to Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

If you witness an animal being beaten or harmed in any way, IMMEDIATELY CALL 911!

Anyone with information about a felony animal abuse case ANYWHERE IN MARICOPA COUNTY can call Silent Witness at 480.WITNESS

If an animal is in a life-threatening situation, call authorities immediately. Follow up with them in a timely manner to determine their findings and their planned course of action.

After you contact authorities, prepare a short written statement detailing the key points of what you observed. Give dates, approximate times, and locations. Timely fact-gathering is crucial—the more time that passes, the greater the risk that evidence will disappear, injuries will heal, or you’ll forget specific details. Written statements from other witnesses will help back up your observations, and if possible, take pictures and date them—photos or videos will strengthen your case.

Always keep a dated record of everyone you’ve contacted, along with the content and outcome of your discussions. Never forward a letter, photograph, or other documentation to anyone without first making a copy for your own files. Make it clear to authorities that you wish to pursue the case and that you are willing to lend your assistance if necessary. Be sure to follow up! If you stay involved, authorities are more likely to do the same.

If the first contact doesn’t produce results, go straight to a supervisor. If that doesn’t work, appeal to local government officials, such as the mayor, the district attorney, or city council members. A call to the media in your area (television and print) can move mountains. Above all, don’t give up—you may be an animal’s only hope!

Helping abused or neglected animals can be difficult and heart wrenching, but they are depending on you to take action.

For more information and a database of animal abuse cases, see