Sumter County Florida Animal Advocates Information

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Sumter County Florida Animal Advocates Information

What is Animal Cruelty?
Animal cruelty is when someone hurts an animal or does not care for an animal responsibly, like not giving a dog or cat food and water. It is against the law to be cruel to or harm animals, even your own pets. It’s also called animal abuse, or neglect.

What should you do about it?
Animal cruelty is a serious problem. If you see an animal being hurt, remember that you can help speak up for that animal. Depending on the situation, there are different ways you can help but keep these three rules in mind: Don’t touch. Never try to stop a person hurting an animal by yourself or try to help an animal who is hurt. Even though both situations can be upsetting, they can put you in a dangerous situation. Call for help: If you witness animal abuse, call 911 because it is an emergency. If you notice an animal not being cared for properly, you should call Sumter County Animal Services 352-793-1960

What can SCFAA do to help?
SCFAA has no legal authority to catch people abusing animals, but your local Animal Services Officers do. The number to call to report animal cruelty in Sumter county is Sumter County Animal Services 352-793-1960. You can also find the phone numbers for Animal Services near the front of your phone book, or call your local police or sheriff department.

Why are people cruel to animals?

Sometimes it is simply that people do not understand that what they are doing to an animal is causing the animal pain. Other times, people who have been abused themselves will be cruel to animals because they think that is the only way to treat others.The worst cruelty situations are when people hurt animals knowing that it hurts the animal, and they do it to cause the animal pain. It is hard to say why someone would do this, but often they see the animals as objects instead of creatures with feelings.

Why should I report animal abuse?
People who abuse animals are more likely to hurt other people. This is why it’s so important to report animal abuse. Not only will you help the animal, but you will help your community be a safer place for everyone.

How to Report Animal Cruelty
SCFAA helps Florida State residents identify and report animal cruelty, abuse and neglect. We do not have an investigation unit, nor do we have legal authority to intervene on behalf of abused and neglected animals, but we can provide resources and support. If you witness or suspect animal cruelty, abuse or neglect, you should contact Sumter County Animal Services immediately at 352-793-1960. Call 911 if you are witnessing cruelty at the moment.
Remember that people also can abuse wild animals. If you are witnessing cruelty to wildlife, call 911 or the

Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife North Central Region 386-758-0525

What to look for
Does the animal have regular access to food, water and shelter?

Is area clear of feces, broken glass or other objects that may do harm or cause illness?

Does the animal have open wounds or other injuries that have not been treated?
Does the animal have signs of an illness that has not been treated? (Examples include heavy discharge from eyes or nose, rash or bumpy skin, and missing hair.)
Have you witnessed someone kicking, beating or otherwise harming the animal?
Is the animal's coat extremely matted or his nails severely overgrown?
Does the animal appear overly aggressive or timid?


Documenting the incident with photographs or videotape can help in prosecuting the abuser. Your report should be as detailed as possible. You should note dates, times and circumstances. Report them, along with the physical evidence. If you have not directly witnessed cruelty but suspect it, you still should notify animal control.

Reporting cruelty
Even if you are not sure that you are observing animal cruelty or neglect, please report it anyway. An animal control officer will make that determination. If no prosecution occurs, at least the officer can educate the person who is caring for the animal in humane treatment.
When making your report, ask for the name of the animal control officer and what action is planned. Follow up, and report any change observed in the animal's treatment.
Be aware that an investigating officer is not likely to identify the source of the complaint; however should the cruelty suspect be prosecuted, you may be called as a witness. Your concern for the animal should outweigh your concern about having to testify.


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There is some assistance in our community for low cost spay/neuter, low cost vet care, food program, as well as no cost spay/neuter program for low income families.

  • The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. offers a Kibbles Program if you are a Sumter County resident in need of free pet food (dog/cat) and meet the eligibility requirements.
  • The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. also offer a Spay Neuter Program that is free for for residents of Sumter County. Please visit their Website by clicking the button for further information or call 352-793-9117.


Sumter County Florida Animal Advocates Information

Cares Center in Lake Panasoffkee offers Low Cost Spay Neuter at affordable prices.

The price to neuter a male cat is $30; a female cat spay is $35.

The price of a dog neuter starts at $45; a dog spay starts at $50 and goes up according to weight.

Rabies vaccine is required for surgery. Heartworm test required at a year of age.

Cares Center Small Animal Wellness Clinic offers a small animal wellness clinic.

An office visit and wellness exam on the general health of your pet is $30.

Other services are available including diagnosis and treatment of minor complaints, vaccinations, fecal testing, blood analysis, dental care, small tumor removal, cat declaws, skin conditions and allergies. Please visit their website by clicking the button.