City of Tallahassee Announces Efforts to Combat Animal Cruelty

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News Release: City of Tallahassee
May 4, 2016

Today, the City of Tallahassee launched a community-driven campaign and partner initiative to raise awareness about animal cruelty. The #LoveOurPets campaign is designed to promote responsible pet ownership and help educate citizens about recognizing the signs of animal cruelty and how to report it.

City Animal Control officers routinely investigate cases of animal cruelty, but they have found that a little education can go a long way toward turning the tide of animal abuse. The campaign focuses on simple actions that make a world of difference for a pet, while also alerting the community to the signs of animal abuse.

Members of the community are encouraged to take the #LoveOurPets pledge at There, you’ll also find pet care tips and information about responsible pet ownership and animal cruelty. The goal is to have at least 10,000 people take the pledge by month’s end. On social media, use #LoveOurPets to show how you are a responsible, loving pet owner or animal ally and encourage your friends to as well.

"By pledging your support, you're committing to be a part of a community initiative focused on caring for pets, recognizing the signs of animal abuse and the importance of reporting it," City Commissioner Scott Maddox said. "Community support combined with the formation of a task force comprised of state and local government agencies working together, will finally put some teeth in our efforts to stop animal abuse."

With the creation of a task force, the City is looking to engage agencies including Animal Control, the State Attorney's Office, Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff's Office, animal advocates and others to come together to discuss procedures, policy and public awareness designed to protect animals.

While the City’s Animal Control officers are the frontline for animal cruelty-related issues, the Tallahassee Police Department has begun cross-training officers to provide added support and extra eyes in the community. Additionally, City employees working in the field will receive information and training on how to identify and report animal abuse at the urging of Commissioner Maddox with support from the City Commission. Citizens are also encouraged to report suspected concerns of animal abuse or neglect by contacting Animal Control at 891-2958.

For more information about the #LoveOurPets campaign, visit There, you can also find campaign materials to help spread the word. Follow the campaign on social media by liking the City’s Facebook page and Tallahassee Animal Service’s Facebook page and following @COTnews and @COTanimals on Twitter. Show your support by using #LoveOurPets on social media throughout the month of May.

Tallahassee Animal Services operates the Animal Service Center and Animal Control as part of the City of Tallahassee’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department. The Animal Service Center is located adjacent to Tom Brown Park at 1125 Easterwood Drive. For more information about Tallahassee Animal Services, including viewing adoptable pets, please visit

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