Gulfport's Rules on Animal Neglect

Q: What constitutes “animal neglect” in Gulfport? Is it different than the county?

A: The city adheres to state law for animal cruelty. Those laws, according to Police Chief Robert Vincent, have some “grey areas”. For those instances, the city works with the SPCA.
 “Obviously, if somebody’s beating an animal, that’s clear, but there are some grey areas, and that’s why we work with the SPCA – they can make the distinction,” Chief Vincent says. Pinellas County Animal Services does not investigate animal cruelty or neglect claims, according to Chief Vincent; they only investigate crimes involving dogs, such as dog bites or animal attacks.
 To report suspected animal cruelty, call 893-1030 or the SPCA.
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