You are an Animal's Voice

Animals can't speak for themselves. If you know an animal that has been abandoned, neglected or mistreated, please let us know so we can investigate or direct you to the proper resource. Don't wait.... a day can be an eternity for an animal in distress.

The HSDC takes all reports of animal cruelty seriously.   Humane agents are bound by very specific laws contained in sections 959.13 and 959.131 of the Ohio Revised Code.  The investigating humane agent will contact the complainant to provide final disposition regarding the case but is not permitted to share specific case information. 


How to report

  • An online form here

  • Leave a voicemail at (740) 369-7387 with your name, nature of complaint, and a valid telephone number. A humane agent will return your call. Note that the humane agent may ask for a signed, written statement, if needed.

  • For stray dogs in Delaware County, contact the Delaware County Dog Warden at (740) 368-1915.

  • For animal cruelty issues in the City of Delaware, contact Delaware Animal Control at 740-203-1111.

  • For animals locked in a hot car, call 9-1-1. 


Please note:  The HSDC is not an open-intake shelter, meaning we do not accept drop off stray, unwanted, or injured animals. Dogs must go to the Delaware County Dog Warden, and cats/kittens must be placed on a surrender list due to space constraints. 

How to recognize animal cruelty

  • Extremely thin, starving animals.

  • Wounds on the body.

  • Patches of missing hair.

  • Limping.

  • Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food, water or shelter, often chained or locked up in a yard.

  • Animals that have been abandoned by their owner.

  • An owner striking, or otherwise physically abusing an animal.

  • Tick or flea infestations.  Flystrike -- open wounds on ears and/or nose caused by biting flies.

  • Animals with an injury or illness who have not received medical care.

  • Embedded collars/chains around the neck.

  • Animals whose hair is severely matted.

  • Intentionally fighting animals.

The Humane Society of Delaware County is funded by the generous donations from our community and grant funds. The HSDC does not receive any governmental funding at the federal, state, or local level. Your contributions are sincerely appreciated. 

Thank you. 

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