Animal Abuse and Cruelty

AVMA Resources on Animal Abuse and Animal Neglect
The AVMA recognizes that veterinarians may observe cases of animal abuse or neglect as defined by federal or state laws, or local ordinances. The AVMA considers it the responsibility of the veterinarian to report such cases to appropriate authorities, whether or not reporting is mandated by law…

Visit the AVMA’s page on Animal Abuse and Animal Neglect for more information.

Mandatory Reporting of Cruelty to Animals and Animal Fighting (PDF)
Issue briefing prepared by CVMA, CACVT, AAF and the Denver District Attorney’s Office regarding Colorado’s mandatory reporting statute.

Mandatory Reporting of Animal Cruelty: A New Responsibility
Members, click here for a PDF of a PowerPoint presentation delivered by Diane Balkin, senior deputy district attorney for Denver as well as a member of the State Board of Veterinary Medicine, at CVMA Convention 2007.

Reporting Form
This is a link to the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Animal Industry Division, which includes links to the state’s animal cruelty reporting form.

Animal Abuse Reporting Statement from the American Animal Hospital Association
Veterinary professionals are likely to encounter many forms of animal abuse ranging from minor neglect to malicious harm.
The American Animal Hospital Association supports the reporting of suspicions of animal abuse to the appropriate authorities. AAHA has updated its statement as of November 2015.

Reporting Animal Cruelty| Role of Veterinarian: Establishing Protocols to Identify and Report Suspected Animal Cruelty in Minnesota
This resource provides explanations of law and supporting materials so, as a veterinarian, you can develop protocols for your clinic or veterinary practice which can guide your actions should you or others face a suspected or known case of animal neglect, cruelty or abuse.This publication is slanted more to smaller companion animals typically seen in clinics, though many of the principles and procedures described are applicable to horses, farmed animals,exotic animals, and wildlife.

The Colorado LINK Project
The Link refers to the fact that abusive behavior can manifest in many ways, creating overlaps among child maltreatment, maltreatment of at-risk adults, interpersonal violence, animal maltreatment and criminality. When the human-animal bond is broken by neglect, abuse or violence both humans and animals are victims. The implications for human and animal welfare necessitate viewing the Link as a public safety and welfare issue. The Colorado LINK Project website has been created to provide information and resources for communities and professionals to better understand and respond to “the Link” related issues of public safety and human and animal welfare in Colorado.

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association resources
Page links to information about recognizing animal abuse, reporting animal abuse, collecting evidence and other areas.

Rules and Responsibilites for Reporting Child and Animal Abuse
Article printed in the spring 2004 issue of the CVMA Voice newsletter.

Animal Abuse and Family Violence: What Veterinary Professionals Need to Know
Veterinary Forensic Evidence in Animal Cruelty Cases
Presentation notes from CVMA Convention 2002.  Auther Randall Lockwood, PhD., vice president of research and educational outreach at the Humane Society of the United States, gave two presentations to CVMA members on animal abuse.

Presentation:  Non-Accidental Injury in Dogs and Cats in Colorado
A PowerPoint presentation and summary of the results of a 2003 study of Colorado-based veterinarians on non-accidental injury in dogs and cats. This information was presented to CVMA at the 2003 CVMA Convention, and was supported by the Animal Assistance Foundation, by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and by American Humane.

Executive Summary:  Non-Accidental Injury in Dogs and Cats in Colorado
Final report to the Animal Assistance Foundation

Appendix 1:  Non-Accidental Injury in Dogs and Cats in Colorado
Methodology and survey design

Appendix 2:  Non-Accidental Injury in Dogs and Cats in Colorado
Case information

Survey:  Non-Accidental Injury in Dogs and Cats in Colorado