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Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Animal Cruelty

Mandated Reporting of Suspected Animal Cruelty


In accordance with the PAWS Act


When to report:  Anytime you suspect possible animal cruelty

Who to report to:  

1.  Your local police department or the police department in which the suspected cruelty took place.

2.  A special officer (the MSCPCA or ARL)

How to report:  

Call the police or a special officer

In addition to a verbal report, you may file a written report


Massachusetts Mandated Reporting Form


Additional resources:


Animal Cruelty Manual


MVMA strongly encourages veterinarians to establish a relationship with the ACO in your community.  


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