The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter has a cruelty officer on staff who investigates reports of animal cruelty and neglect.

Please understand that our cruelty officer and the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter are bound by the laws of the state of Pennsylvania. Animal cruelty laws differ from state to state. What you see on Animal Planet may not apply to Pennsylvania. Indeed, if you've moved here from another state, what may have been illegal in your state may NOT be in Pennsylvania.

In Pa., animals are considered personal property -- like a car or a television. Our officers can no more simply take a dog from a home than they could take a car or a television.

We need serious probable cause and, often, a warrant from a judge to confiscate animals.

Also remember that it is not illegal to keep a dog outside in Pennsylvania, as long as certain conditions are met.

Please understand that the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter and its agents do everything in our power to help animals, but we cannot go against state law. If you suspect animal cruelty or neglect, please click on the link below and fill out ALL FIELDS. Any report we recieve that is not completely filled out will not be processed.

All information is kept confidential, but we DO NEED the name, address and phone number of the person FILING THE REPORT so that we may contact you if the need arises. Keep in mind, sometimes we may ask that you appear in court to testify and your testimony -- depending on the details of the case -- may hinge on the verdict.

Thank you for being a concerned, caring, animal-lover.