Animal complaints can get ugly. When you have
multiple animals of any
kind, especially if
breeding, it becomes a point that animal complaints can be a personal
attack. We take
our animals seriously, and for those of us who love our animals it can
personal attack of sorts. Increasingly when disagreements happen
neighbors, or family members, as well as many other situations the
don’t have to be about the animals to involve the animals.
An example might be
neighbors with a property line dispute…rather
than dealing with where to put a fence a neighbor decides the point of
might be your cats.
The next thing you know
is knocking on the
door with reports that might vary from neglect to abuse of the animals
sometimes the “collecting” or “hoarding” of cats or other animals.
open a breeder to legal charges as well as result in the loss of
far beyond the original issue.
people use animal complaints as weapons to get back
at you. A neighbor who wants
something that you don’t agree to can
find leverage in saying they saw an injured cat, or that they smelled
takes but one complaint to set things in motion to where, if
prepared, cats can be and often are removed to an animal control
There they are spayed or neutered and ‘adopted’ out where you are not
to have any contact with the animals again.
How To Deal With Animal Complaints
- If you have more animals
than are allowed, if animals don’t
have rabies vaccinations or other licensing required this can make a
situation go to worse.
rely on show champions and winnings to save you as
sometimes that can work against you in the media.
- There are areas that see
anyone who breeds as a
kitten/puppy/bunny mill. These are portrayed as places that churn out
solely for profit, while some activists admit that anyone who breeds
reason is a mill.
media can be decidedly unkind in some areas.
Know your legal requirements and
know your rights! You do
not have to let animal control officers into your home without a
However, anything they see from an uncovered window or door can be used
you if it’s bad.
- If you happen to have an
agency that is against breeding you
can expect any empty water bowl (even if tipped and still wet), empty
(even if feeding measured amounts) and dirty litter box to be used
With animals truly in good condition,
if the complainant hasn’t seen the animals, puts points in your favor.
one reason to never give “buyers” or other people free access to your
If the health reasons don’t do it for you consider this: in some areas
control agents and animal
rights activists pose as buyers.
- Be prepared with
documentation including health records and
any paperwork required by law.
Either has the backing to
take your cats even if they are
primarily pets. This has happened increasingly with dog and cat
well as breeders of other species. A means of disagreement is a source
harassment and when animals are the source of harassment often the
- Volunteer no information
and remember in the US
you have the
right to not say anything.
- Realize also that if you get a visit from
control and they think they have something they can and will be
- Use the
time to contact your lawyer and get anything out of order in shape
It’s an unfortunate world
when people use animal complaints as an
attack point but whether you are a breeder or simply someone with
never underestimate the ways people will use them as a point of
urban areas it pays to keep them in, keep the activities discreet and
visitors. Your animals
depend on it.
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