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Jacksonville-area Animal Welfare Groups Offer Five Tips to Prevent Animal Cruelty
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Jacksonville-area Animal Welfare Groups Offer Five Tips to Prevent Animal Cruelty

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has designated April as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.  In recognition of this designation, the City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS), the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) and First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) are offering five tips to prevent animal cruelty.

“The City of Jacksonville takes animal cruelty very seriously. A little over a year ago we established our animal cruelty investigation team and have dedicated our limited resources to eliminating animal cruelty and abuse,” said Scott Trebatoski, division chief of Jacksonville’s Animal Care & Protective Services Division.

“JHS and FCNMHP work closely with ACPS to ensure the humane treatment of all animals,” said Danya Parks-Freel, JHS’s director of operations.  “ACPS investigates all cases of animal cruelty in Jacksonville, but it is important that all citizens know how to recognize and report the mistreatment of dogs, cats and other animals,” adds Rick DuCharme, founder and director of FCNMHP.

Trebatoski, Parks-Freel and DuCharme suggest five ways to help prevent animal cruelty:

  1. Know the signs of animal cruelty.  Look for wounds on a pet’s body, extremely thin or starving animals or pets that are kept outside without shelter, food or water. 
  2. Know how to report animal cruelty.  In Jacksonville, call ACPS at 904-630-CITY to report animal cruelty. 
  3. Provide details to officers when reporting animal cruelty.  In addition to the address or location of the abused animal, give officers as much additional information about the cruelty case as possible.  Details such as dates, times and the type of cruelty witnessed help officers investigate animal cruelty cases.
  4. Treat animals with love and respect.  Set an example for others by taking good care of all pets.  Ensure animals always have adequate food, water and shelter and take them to the veterinarian if they seem sick.
  5. Teach others about the humane treatment of animals.  Explain kindness and respect towards animals to others, especially children.  JHS offers humane education programs, including a summer camp for kids, to teach all people about kindness and respect towards animals.
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