No animal deserves to suffer from cruelty and the Brandywine Valley SPCA’s Animal Protective Services Department works tirelessly to prevent abuse and protect companion animals.

What is Cruelty?

The following are some guidelines to help you recognize cruelty:

  • All animals require shelter from the rain, snow, wind, and sun. Shelter is any non-metal structure that will keep the animal warm and dry.
  • All animals require necessary veterinary care. Necessary vet care is that which is required to treat illness or injury.
  • All animals require clean and sanitary living conditions. Living space should be free of debris, and waste should be removed routinely.
  • All animals require necessary drink and sustenance. Water and food must be provided in amounts sufficient to maintain weight and hydration.
  • No animal can be abandoned. Abandoned animals are those whose caretaker has forsaken their duty of care.
  • No animal can be beaten or neglected.

What To Do If You’ve Been Bitten By An Animal

Exchange information with the animal owner (if there is one). Seek medical attention for the bite immediately. Contact the Brandywine Valley SPCA’s Animal Protective Services Division at 484-302-0048 as well as your local police department. (If you decide not to seek medical treatment for the bite, you can still report it by contacting the Brandywine Valley SPCA and your local police department.)


If you have any questions or concerns about animal protective services in your neighborhood, please contact our Pennsylvania APS division at:

PA: 484-302-0018

For Delaware residents, please contact Delaware Animal Services (DAS).

  • New Castle, Kent & Sussex Counties: 302-255-4646
  • City of Newark – within city limits: 302-366-7111 (Newark Police)
  • City of Dover – within city limits: 302-736-7111 (Dover Police)

To file a complaint of animal cruelty, neglect, or abuse, please fill out our Animal Abuse Form.

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