Report Cruelty

Cruelty Reporting Program

The LAWC is committed to the prevention and prosecution of animal cruelty cases. LAWC supports animal control agencies and law enforcement agencies in enforcing cruelty statues. The LAWC cruelty reporting program serves an ancillary tool for the public to report cruelty. LAWC works with local agencies to ensure cruelty complaints are addressed properly through local channels.


How to Report Cruelty

Reporting animal cruelty is very important. If you know or suspect of an animal cruelty situation, please speak up! Agencies rely on the public for help.

  1. The first step is to report your concern to your local animal control agency or local law enforcement agency that assists in animal related issues.
  2. When filing your complaint, provide a concise, factual statement with details on what you have a witnessed, names, dates, and locations.
  3. Add photographs to help document the situation.
  4. Do not put yourself in a dangerous situation to obtain information! Do not enter another person’s property without permission.

You may also file a complaint through the LAWC cruelty report system. We will review the complaint and follow up with the appropriate local authorities.

Cruelty Reporting Form

Report Cruelty Online

For more information on Louisiana’s animal cruelty laws, please visit

The following specific statutes are related to animal cruelty: RS 14: 102, RS 14 102.1, RS 102.2

LAWC’s partner Coalition of Louisiana Animal Advocates has complied a printable handbook version of the LA animal cruelty laws for the public.

Download Handbook

Louisiana State Police App

One additional way to report animal cruelty or abuse is to use an app referred to as My Mobile Witness. This is part of Homeland Security’s See Something Send Something program that allows witnesses to send photos or videos of criminal activity instantly to law enforcement agencies within the state. Download the app at:

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