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Pet Notes: A new Animal Welfare Hotline for reporting cruelties

There is a new Animal Welfare Hotline for reporting cases of animal abuse or neglect. This dog was rescued from a puppy mill in Stokes County in 2012.
There is a new Animal Welfare Hotline for reporting cases of animal abuse or neglect. This dog was rescued from a puppy mill in Stokes County in 2012. Humane Society of the U.S.

As of March 1, there is a new Animal Welfare Hotline for reporting animal cruelty cases to the state Attorney General’s office.

Complaints of “animals experiencing physical harm under the care of an individual, pet shop, kennel or animal shelter” are reviewed by the Attorney General’s office and referred to the proper authority.

By state law, acts of animal cruelty include wounding, tormenting, killing or depriving an animal of necessary nourishment – or causing any of these things to occur to an animal.

People can report cases via the hotline number (1-855-290-6915) or by mail (P.O. Box 629, Attention: Animal Welfare Hotline, Raleigh, NC 27602). There is also a form on the Department of Justice website that can be filled out (ncdoj.gov).

K9 Spring Fling

Unleashed’s 3rd Annual K9 Spring Fling happens Saturday, April 2, in Raleigh. The dog and cat fundraiser will include doggie Easter egg hunts (more than 2,000 eggs will be stuffed with prizes), games, contests, raffles, dog massages, vendors, and rescue groups with adoptable dogs and cats.

The only charge is for the Easter egg hunt, and 100 percent of that money goes to animal rescues. Prices for the eggs are: $10 for 5 eggs + 1 raffle ticket; $20 for 10 eggs + 3 raffle tickets; $40 or more for 15 eggs + 7 raffle tickets.

All other activities are free.

Details: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Heritage Circle at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

Learn more at unleashedmutt.com.

Want your pet event listed?

If you have a pet-related event you’d like to see listed, email bcain@newsobserver.com with all the details. Since our pet section only runs once a month, please give as much advance notice as possible.

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