New ways to report animal cruelty

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – The North Carolina Attorney’s General Office announced a new tool to report animal cruelty to authorities.

State legislators budgeted for the Animal Welfare Hotline last year for it to be set in place this year under the control of Attorney General Roy Cooper.

Animal cruelty is illegal in North Carolina. Any complaint reported will be looked into by someone at the Attorney General’s Office to see if the local Sheriff, animal control or the N.C. Department of Agriculture can take action.

“As a pet owner, I understand how important it is that our animal companions get the care they need,” Cooper said. “I encourage North Carolinians to use this new tool if they have information to report about animals being harmed.”

People who make a complaint to the hotline are also encouraged to contact local authorities directly.

To file a report with the Animal Welfare Hotline:

P.O. Box 629

Attention: Animal Welfare Hotline

Raleigh, NC 27602

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