YONKERS, N.Y. -- Building Hope has launched a new flier campaign targeting animal abuse and offering tips on how to take action.
The Yonkers-based organization's "if you see something, say something" campaign mirrors ads that raise public awareness about indicators of terrorism and reporting suspicious activity.
The fliers read as follows:
HELP PREVENT ANIMAL ABUSE
- If you see an animal repeatedly tied up outside without food or shelter
- If you see an animal with cuts and bruises
- If you hear an animal crying or barking in a vacant lot or building
- If you see an animal roaming the street unattended
- If you know that an animal is abandoned or being abused
The flier also lists contact information for relevant law enforcement agencies.
Organization members have distributed fliers to police stations, libraries and schools. A billboard is in the works.
The campaign's concept originated from Building Hope President Kay Pistone Carucci after she read of a recent neglect case with two pit bulls living in an alley without food and water.
"Neighbors who took pity on the dogs threw food into the alley - but they should have made a phone call to the authorities," Carucci said. "That would have stopped the needless suffering and tragedy of one of the dogs dying after having to fight for the food scraps. It occurred to me that people may not realize they can just make a brief phone call - yet still protect their own safety concerns. This campaign will have a profound effect on lessening neglect and abuse, merely by 'pointing the way.'"
Kiley Blackman, founder of Animal Defenders of Westchester, joined Carucci in promoting this campaign.
"This concept is so simple, yet incredibly necessary," said Blackman.
"People either think there's nothing they can do when they see animals in distress - or they just don't know what the options are. This campaign urges the public to not look the other way, to be pro-active on the animals' behalf, even if it just means an anonymous phone call.