Two Types of Animal Cruelty  

  There are two types of Animal Cruelty : Neglect and Intentional Cruelty .


Neglect is the failure to provide an animal with the most basic requirements of food, water, shelter and veterinary care.

  • If the problem is not corrected, the animal may be removed from the neglectful person by law enforcement authorities.
  • In some cases, the owner will simply turn the animal over to authorities because they no longer want the responsibility.

Intentional Cruelty

Intentional cruelty is when an individual purposely inflicts physical harm or injury on an animal, such as deliberately maiming, torturing or even killing an animal. It can be more shocking and usually an indicator of a serious human behavior problem.

Although many individuals are arrested for intentional cruelty, people who commit even the most heinous crimes against animals are often not prosecuted to the full extent of the law.