Cruelty Prevention

Report Animal Cruelty

To report suspected animal cruelty anywhere in Massachusetts please call: (617) 522-6008 or (800) 628-5808, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

When calling after hours, leave a brief message along with your name, and the area code and phone number where you may be reached during normal business hours. MSPCA Law Enforcement Department voice mail will not be monitored during weekends, nights or holidays, and voice messages left will not be received until the next business day.  In the event of an emergency after hours, local city/town police departments may be contacted.

File a suspected cruelty complaint via email.

What Is Animal Cruelty?

Learn what constitutes animal cruelty. We strive to interpret and enforce the laws that do exist, and to educate people about animals’ needs in cases where the law does not provide adequate protection.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Information about filing a cruelty complaint, common issues, and more.

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Why Prevent Cruelty?

Why Prevent Cruelty?

Learn about the link between violence toward animals and people.

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Animal Cruelty Laws

Animal Cruelty Laws

Read about laws that are currently in place to protect animals.

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Animal Cruelty Blotter

Follow the work of our law enforcement officers and get updates on new and ongoing cruelty cases.

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Our Team

Learn more about our team and how our officers and welfare agents help protect animals.

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Support Our Work

Make a contribution to the MSPCA Law Enforcement department. Every little bit helps!

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Resources for Wildlife and Stray Encounters

The MSPCA promotes harmonious and peaceful coexistence between people and wildlife in urban, suburban, and rural Massachusetts’ communities through humane, long-term, and cost-effective resolutions of human-animal conflicts.

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