Abuse/Neglect Report

The Anti-Cruelty Society's humane investigators respond to reports of cruelty and abuse within the city of Chicago and the surrounding metropolitan area. They will also assist with cases throughout the State of Illinois and the Midwest. Some cases may be the result of lack of knowledge on the part of the animal owner. In these instances, the investigator will attempt to educate the owner on his or her legal responsibilities. In situations where more extreme abuse or neglect are involved, our investigators will make every attempt to rectify the situation. As a last resort, they are authorized by the state of Illinois to remove the animal from a dangerous situation.

When making a report, please be ready to provide the following information:

  • The nature of the complaint (i.e., dog tied outside without food or water.)
  • A description of the animal(s)
  • The exact address where the animal(s) can be found. If the address is on a numbered street, please specify if the street is designated as 'street' or 'place.' (i.e., 52nd Street or 52nd Place.)
  • What city or suburb the address is located in
  • A number that you can be reached at should the investigator be unable to find the animal(s) or has any questions

ALL REPORTS are kept CONFIDENTIAL and your information WILL NOT be given out. If you prefer, reports can be made anonymously. You DO NOT have to leave contact information to make a report.

To report cruelty or abuse or neglect of an animal, please call (312) 644-8338 ext. 304 or send an e-mail to abuse@anticruelty.org.

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