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Report Animal Cruelty

Cruelty toward animals is illegal under North Carolina law. You can report animals experiencing physical harm under the care of an individual, pet shop, kennel or animal shelter to the North Carolina Attorney General’s Animal Welfare Hotline.
 
Under North Carolina law, acts of animal cruelty include:
  • Wounding,
  • Tormenting,
  • Killing,
  • Depriving an animal of necessary nourishment,
  • Or causing any of these things to occur to an animal.
 
Animal Welfare Hotline
The Animal Welfare Hotline was created by state law to take complaints about possible mistreatment of animals. You can:
  • Call us at 1-855-290-6915 toll-free within North Carolina.

What happens with your complaint
Our office will review your complaint to determine if the allegations involve animal cruelty.  If our office determines that it is animal cruelty, then we will refer the complaint to the appropriate authority. Depending on the details of the complaint, your local animal control office, local Sheriff, or the NC Department of Agriculture may have the authority to take action.
 
How to contact local authorities
You are also welcome to share your animal cruelty concerns directly with your city or county animal control or Sheriff’s Office.