Anti Cruelty Laws Apply to All Cats
"Letís set the record straight: Intentionally killing a cat is a criminal offense in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, regardless of ownership. Anti-cruelty laws apply to all catsócompanion, abandoned, lost, and feral..."
~ Wendy M. Anderson, Legal Director, Alley Cat Allies
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In the state of Indiana you can't kill cats.
"A person who knowingly or intentionally kills a domestic animal without the consent of the owner of the domestic animal commits killing a domestic animal, a Level 6 felony." ~ Indiana Code 35-46-3
If you witness animal cruelty in progress and believe an animal's life to be in immediate danger, call 911.
This might include such things as animals being tortured, killed, beaten, etc. It does not matter if the animal is a pet, or a wild or stray animal--it is still illegal.
In cases that are not immediately life threatening, contact these resources. Be prepared to give an address where the cruelty or neglect is occuring (if possible), your phone number & name (although you may remain anonymous), and a description of the abuse/neglect, how long or often is has been occurring and any other information you feel is import. Contact the appropriate organizations in this order:
In Marion County:
Indianapolis Animal Care & Control Division(IACCD is the enforcement authority for animal ordinances in Marion County - Read the complete Indianapolis / Marion County Animal Ordinance here)
- IACC Investigations Department - (317) 327-1424
- Mayor's Action Center -- (317) 327-4622 or (317) 327-1397, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Monday - Friday
- For after hour emergencies including sick/injured animals, dangerous and aggressive animals and animal attacks in progress, please call the police non-emergency line (317) 327-3811.
Sandra K. L. Norman, DVM - Director, Companion Animal/Equine, Indiana State Board of Animal Health. Email: email@example.com. Mail: 4154 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46205. Phone: (317) 544-2389. Toll free: (877) 747-3038.
Animal Cruelty Flyer
Often times, people who commit crimes against animals will stop when they fear discovery. IndyFeral has created a flyer that can be distributed in areas where crimes are being committed. People need to remember that crimes can just as easily harm or kill pets, and in some cases children.
- IndyFeral / FACE Flyer: Animal Cruelty, Abuse, Abandonment & Poisoning are Illegal