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As a founding member of the Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Southern Arizona, the HSSA has always taken a leadership role in combating violence toward animals.
HSSA’s animal cruelty investigator works hand-in-hand with law enforcement, including all local agencies, fire departments, Arizona Livestock Investigators and Pima Animal Care Center authorities to provide a seamless response to cruelty calls. Services through this branch of our department include professional training seminars, public outreach, law enforcement support services, emergency medical care and fostering for abused animals, and evidence collection.
Our program allows the public to provide information on suspected cruelty and neglect, as well as concerns about irresponsible breeders, animal vendors and other related issues. Our educational program provides a variety of programs for adults and juveniles to address these concerns. We also offer court-mandated courses about proper care and treatment of animals, a critical step in stopping the cycle of harm to pets.
They cannot speak for themselves. You may have witnessed animal cruelty or neglect in the past and not realized it. Or you thought nothing would be done even if you said something. But if you don’t say something, who will? Help us end animal cruelty and neglect in our community.
When you witness an act of animal cruelty, go to the nearest phone and call 911. It is important to report the crime quickly and from the area where the crime occurred.
Because different organizations respond to animal cruelty cases, you may be asked to make a couple of different calls.
When making your call, it is helpful to know who, what, where, why, when and how. Under most circumstances, 911 will require you to leave your contact information. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact 88-CRIME or the Animal Cruelty Taskforce (A.C.T.) Public Reporting Line, but the response will not be immediate.
If you see an owner hitting or beating a pet, the abuse is obvious. Here are some other instances that may be signs of abuse or neglect. If you see any of these signs, please report them to the A.C.T. Tip Line listed above or to Pima Animal Care Center, 520-724-5900.
88-CRIME and the A.C.T. Public Reporting Line are not emergency numbers so the reaction time will be delayed. If your report is urgent, these numbers are not your best option for reporting a crime in progress.
The Animal Cruelty Education Program is a cooperative effort between The Humane Society of Southern Arizona and member organizations with the Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Southern Arizona. The program’s purpose is to provide adults with the educational background, access to services and day-to-day skills needed to make them better pet owners.
Participants in the program have all received citations or have been adjudicated of violations relating to the care and treatment of their or other animals, or have been referred to the program by the Pima County Justice Courts, Tucson City Courts, behavioral health care providers or other agencies. The program is not a court of law concerned with the determination of guilt or innocence, but an opportunity to learn the needs and problems confronting the animals that share our homes and lives.
The 90-minute educational class is held from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
All participants must be registered two days before they attend class. The $75 class fee is non-refundable upon registration for the class. Upon payment and attendance of the scheduled class, participants will receive a certificate of completion to present to the prosecutor.
All classes are from 10:00am - 11:30 am
To register or make a payment over the phone please call 520-321-3704, ext. 142.