Report Abuse


What To Do If You Suspect Abuse or Neglect

In the State of Maryland, suspected cases of abuse or neglect should be reported to the animal control organization or humane society for the county in which the horse is located.

In other states the procedure may be the same or you may have to contact a local law enforcement agency such as the police or sheriff.

When reporting suspected abuse or neglect, have the following information prepared:

  1. The address or clear description of where the equine is located.
  2. A description of the abuse/neglect and who witnessed it.
  3. A description of the horse(s) involved (size, breed, color, markings).

While it may not be necessary, the investigator may ask for your name, address and telephone number if a warrant will be needed to enter a barn in order to view the horse, the investigator has quesitons about how to find the horse, or the investigator wants to ask you to monitor the situation in the future.

National Animal Welfare Resources

Humane Society of the United States - 202.452.1100 or 866.720.2676


American Humane Association800.227.4645

Maryland Animal Protection Authorities

Allegany County

Allegany County Animal Control - 301.777.5930

Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County Animal Control - 410.222.8900

Baltimore County

Baltimore County Bureau of Animal Control - 410.887.5961

Baltimore City

Baltimore City Bureau of Animal Control - 410.396.4698

Calvert County

Calvert County Animal Control - 410.535.2800

Humane Society of Calvert County - 410.257.4908

Caroline County 

Caroline County Humane Society - 410.820.1600

Carroll County

Humane Society of Carroll County - 410.875.5379

Cecil County

Cecil County SPCA - 410.885.2342

Charles County 

Charles County Animal Control - 301.609.3425

Humane Society of Charles County - 301.645.8181

Dorchester County

Baywater Animal Rescue (formerly Dorchester Humane) - 410.228.3090

Frederick County

Frederick County Animal Control - 301.600.1546

Garrett County

Garrett County Animal Shelter - 301-334-3553

Harford County

Humane Society of Harford County - 410.836.1090

Harford County Animal Control - 410.638.3505

Howard County

Howard County Animal Control - 410-313-2780

Kent County

Humane Society of Kent County - 410.778.3648

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Animal Control - 240.773.5960

Prince George's County

Prince George's County Animal Control - 301.499.8300

Queen Anne's County

Queen Anne's County Animal Control - 410.758.2393

Somerset County

Somerset County Animal Control - 410.651.0986

St. Mary's County

St. Mary's County Animal Control - 301.475.8018

Talbot County

Talbot County Humane Society - 410.822.0107

Washington County

Humane Society of Washington County - 301.733.2060

Wicomico County

Wicomico County Humane Society - 410.749.7603

Worcester County 

Worcester County Animal Control - 410.213.0146