The Faces of Cruelty in Sumter County

Unfortunately trying to end animal cruelty is a constant battle for any animal rescue. Unfortunately, our County is no exception. Help from YOU, the community, is critical in helping us do our job of saving innocent animals from needless suffering. Education is crucial.

We need you to:

Report animal abuse immediately to us or local authorities, if you witness anyone abusing an animal.
Teach others, by your example, how to be kind to animals. Explain that they experience pain and suffering if harmed just like we would. Teach children to respect them, to be an animal’s protector and caregiver.
Help provide reward money, so we can motivate anonymous tipsters to lead us to the abuser(s) or volunteer to foster an animal in need.


If you select the following page “Sumter’s Victims,” it will direct you to the some of our animal cruelty cases in Sumter County, FL.
Please be aware that this page has images of animals who have suffered from neglect and abuse. We suggest that young children are supervised if they are permitted to view these images and that an adult explains why animal cruelty is unacceptable no matter what.

What is Animal Cruelty?

We suggest that you visit to review the FL State Statutes, mainly Chapter 828.
We encounter many forms of animal cruelty.

Animal Fighting which ranges from organized fighting rings to impromptu “bumping” or street fight where individuals may test one dog against another in a brief brutal encounter. Animal fighting rings often lead law enforcement to even more criminal activities such as illegal gambling & drugs, prostitution and domestic violence. *REWARD* MONEY up to $5000 offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) found guilty of dogfighting.

Neglect can be considered as abandonment, lack of food, shelter, water or exercise of an animal. Depriving an animal of medical and grooming needs to maintain health is also a form of neglect.
Sumter County’s Animal Code 2001-9 for Shelter & Water requires:
“that you supply your dog with adequate shelter and sufficient water at all times. Chaining a dog to a tree, even in the shade, or leaving a dog in a fenced yard is no substitute for shelter. Failure to provide shelter or water is mistreatment of an animal and may result in your dog being impounded, or you, as the owner, being fined in increasing amounts, daily until the violation is corrected. Proper shelter is defined as a structure with a roof, three closed sides and a bottom that protects an animal at all times, even if your pet doesn’t use it. Water must be clean and wholesome.”

We are also greatly concerned with Puppy Mills & Backyard Breeders in Sumter County.
We consider Puppy Mill Breeders as:

  • Individuals who reproduce domestic animals continuously with no regard for the animals’ health or welfare, living in neglectful deplorable conditions
  • those who breed with no consideration for improvement to a specific breed
  • those who breed solely for monetary gain

    Backyard Breeders as:
  • individuals who breed domestic animals in more manageable numbers but who breed animals without selection for important genetic traits
  • those who allow animals, particularly dogs, cats or horses, to reproduce regardless of physical or genetic health as opposed to reputable breeders who intentionally screen and select their brood for important characteristics to improve breed quality. Reputable breeders also have secured prospective homes before any animals are born and are willing to accept any returned animal they bred. Any non-qualitative animal for breeding purposes would automatically be neutered or removed from the breeding program.

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