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Animal Cruelty Investigations

Reporting Animal Cruelty and Neglect:

In an emergency situation, such as one where you are witness to an actual act of animal abuse, please contact your local police department immediately. 
(List of local police departments)

If you have any information on suspected animal abuse or neglect please call the Animal Rescue League at 603-471-0888 to leave a message

What is Animal Cruelty?

Animal cruelty can encompass many different acts of neglect and abuse. The language of the law is very specific as to what defines cruelty to animals, as listed under our NH Criminal Code, RSA 644:8.  If you are uncertain if what you have witnessed is animal cruelty please do not hesitate to call. It is our job to educate the public as to the various laws regarding animal protection.  

Dogs before rescue and cage conditions in a recent multi-dog case

One of the dogs in the above case before grooming

Hoarding cat with severe upper respiratory infection                Cat in the home prior to removal by ARLNH

Clutter in a hoarding home - typical in these cases

Ways You Can Help & Additional Information

Due to medical expenses and the requirement to hold animals for trial, cruelty cases can be extremely expensive for the shelter. To help with the cost of saving animals involved in cruelty investigations, please donate online and put "cruelty program" in the designation.

  To view the site for the Governor's Task Force on the Humane Treatment of Animals, please visit http://www.nh.gov/humane.

 For more information on Illegal Animal Fighting, please visit

Additional information with regards to adequate shelter for dogs:

Information on New Hampshire Disaster Animal Rescue Teams:

Other information: NH Law RSA 436:100 on Rabies Vaccination Requirements

Archived Animal Cruelty Case Information

Record Number of Animals Seized by Animal Rescue League [WMUR Article and Video] (12/2010)
36 Cats, 1 Dog Taken from Deering Home [WMUR Article and Photos] (6/2010)
44 Dogs Seized From Mont Vernon Home [WMUR Article and Video] (4/2010)

Information on Earlier Cases
15 Kittens, 2 Cats Left Outside Animal Shelter[WMUR Article and Photo] (9/2009)
Dog Getting Reacclimated After Winter in the Wild[Nashua Telegraph Article and Photo] (6/2009)
Stray Dog Lured In By Cheeseburger[WMUR Article and Photo] (6/2009)
Bedford Shelter Overrun with Rescued Felines[Union Leader Article and Photo] (6/2009)
Rescue League Treating 14 Abandoned Cats[WMUR Article and Video] (4/2009)
Hoarding, neglect cases keep animal rescuers busy [News Article] (4/2009)
Animal Cruelty Investigation Program Takes in Over 20 Dogs (1/2008) 
Animal Hoarding on the Rise (8/2007)
Milford Cats(11/2005)