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What happens to animal abusers?
Animal Services takes animal abuse very seriously. We will prosecute animal abusers to the full extent of the law. The punishment for animal abuse varies with the nature and severity of the crime. Animal abuse can be charged as a municipal infraction or criminally, as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the nature and the severity of the crime.

Animal Care & Services - Reporting Animal Abuse

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1. What happens after I file an animal abuse report?
2. Can I report anonymously?
3. What happens to animal abusers?
4. What if I witness a stranger kick his dog?
5. What if I witness a person I know kicks or otherwise harms his dog?
6. If I have concerns about the care and condition of an animal, but I am not sure I want to make a formal report, what can I do?
7. My neighbor ties his dog out to a tree or stake in the yard all day. Is this legal?