To report animal cruelty, neglect, and/or abandonment, please contact our shelter at 419-352-7339, or send an email to our Humane Agent. If you are calling after hours, and it is a life or death emergency involving an animal, please contact the Wood County Sheriff's Office at 419-354-9001. Please read the following details about what information we look for when making a report and investigating suspected animal cruelty, neglect, and/or abandonment.
The Wood County Humane Society Humane Agent depends greatly on input from the community for information concerning suspected animal cruelty and neglect. If you suspect you have witnessed animal cruelty, neglect, or abandonment in Wood County and would like to report it, please call us at the phone number above, or contact us by sending an email to our Humane Agent. Please leave your name, your phone number and date calling when leaving a message in our voice mail box. The Humane Agent is a dually-appointed law enforcement officer whose role is to enforce Ohio laws (ORC 959) pertaining to animal cruelty, neglect, and abandonment within Wood County. This position is generously funded, in part, by the Wood County Commissioners.
Per Ohio Revised Code, there are two categories of cruelty and neglect;
intentional and unintentional (neglect). Intentional cruelty is when a person or persons purposely/ knowingly inflicts physical harm on an animal or animals, such as beating or torturing. Neglect is the failure to provide an animal or animals with the necessities of care, such as access to clean/fresh water, food, shelter from hot and cold weather, veterinary care, and a clean living environment. In instances of neglect, unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering is caused, permitted, or allowed to continue, when there is a reasonable remedy or relief for the animal(s).
Our Humane Agent is best able to perform their duties when provided with detailed descriptions of suspected cruelty and neglect situations. Can you describe the incident or incidents of animal cruelty and neglect that you suspect you witnessed, including type, number, and description of animals involved? Look at the body condition of the animals; can you see ribs, or other bony prominences? Is their coat matted, dull in appearance, or missing fur? Is water readily available to the animal(s)? Is there shelter from hot and cold weather? Can you provide a description of the person(s) involved in the incident(s)? What is the date/time of the suspected incident(s) of abuse.
These are all questions we ask, or need details on when filling out a cruelty investigation report. Remember, any details that you are able to provide will increase our chances of ensuring that the law is upheld and that we are doing our part in owner education, and animal rescue.
Can I remain anonymous when I file a complaint about animal cruelty?
If we have further questions about the complaint you submit (such as a more precise location of where the cruelty/neglect/abandonment is occurring) and we cannot get a hold of you, the animal(s) may suffer longer. Please be assured that complainant information is not readily released by our Humane Agent, and every measure will be taken to ensure confidentiality.