The Humane Society is committed to assisting law enforcement in resolving instances of animal cruelty and neglect. Animal cruelty encompasses a range of behaviors harmful to animals from neglect to malicious killing. Most cruelty cases looked into by the Humane Society is unintentional neglect that can be resolved through education and resources.

Intentional cruelty or abuse is knowingly depriving an animal of food, water, shelter, or veterinary care or maliciously torturing, maiming, mutilating or killing an animal.

Animal hoarding is a situation that happens when someone has collected so many animals that they are unable to provide proper care for them. In South Carolina, there are numerous laws that protect the welfare of animals.

Animal cruelty comes in all shapes and sizes. Over the years, The Humane Society has logged thousands of complaints and has documented all too many instances of cruelty.

If you witness an act of animal torture, abuse or neglect, call your local police or sheriff’s office immediately. If you know or suspect that an animal is being neglected or abused, report your information to local animal control or law enforcement.