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Cruelty and Rescue

To report instances of animal neglect or cruelty, please contact Elmira Animal Control at 607-737-5767. Elmira Animal Control handles humane investigation for Chemung County.

All animals are covered under the Cruelty Laws. All complaints are kept confidential and may also be made anonymously; however, doing so may delay the investigation. 

Please click here for a list of area animal welfare agencies and dog control contracts.

Please have as much of the following information as possible when you call:

  • Name of the offender, if known
  • Exact address where the animal is being kept, or good directions including nearest crossroad, township, etc.
  • The area where the animal is being kept (for example, rear yard, cellar, shed, etc.)
  • A description of the animal(s) (breed, color, age, sex)
  • Dates and times
  • The nature of the abuse
  • License plate number (if automobile is involved), description of the driver and/or passenger(s).
  • All details

What Constitutes Animal Cruelty?

Acts of violence or neglect perpetrated against animals are considered animal cruelty.

The following guidelines will help you recognize cruelty:

  • All animals require shelter from the rain, snow, wind and sun.  Shelter is any structure that is of adequate size for the breed, size of the animals that will keep the animal out of the elements.
  • All animals require necessary veterinary care.  Necessary veterinary care is that which is required to treat illness or injuries.  This would also include grooming issues, i.e. matted hair, long nails, etc.
  • All animals require living conditions that are free of debris, and waste should be removed routinely.
  • All animals require necessary drink and sustenance.  Water and food should be provided in amounts sufficient to maintain weight and hydration. 
  • No animal can be abandoned.  This means left in a residence, thrown from a vehicle, or turned loose.  If a person hits a cat or dog with a car, law obligates them to report it to the owner, the police, or Animal Control.
  • No animal, wild or tame, shall be unjustifiably killed, injured or beaten.

The above information is only a guide.  If you witness or hear about animal cruelty taking place, do not hesitate to call and discuss the situation with us for guidance.

By getting involved, you can make a difference.