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Cases of animal abuse and cruelty are reported everyday state wide. Local experts are telling the public how to spot neglect.
The Rescue Coordinator at the Animal Shelter Society of Muskingum County, Charity Stevens says animal abuse can happen in a variety of ways. She says most people think that abuse is mostly physical, but she says that sometimes you must dig deeper to recognize other forms of abuse.
" Sometimes animals are mistreated by not being fed, not being watered, being starved you can look at dogs sometimes and if you see their back bone or if you see any kind of skin issues hair loss, scarring, " said Stevens.
While some abuse is intentional some animal owners are unaware that their actions are harmful to their pets. This includes people with hoarding issues and mental instability.
" They think they are doing the right thing because nobody can love them like they love them, but unfortunately they are misguided their love is sometimes isn't enough because it does take more than love, " said Stevens.
She says that owning an animal takes financial backing, research and constant upkeep. If you suspect a case of animal abuse you can call the local animal shelter in your area and they can contact the proper officials to deal with the problem.