Pets can be great additions to any family, but they're not always treated that way.
That's why expert investigators with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or ASPCA host workshops one held recently in Temple.
"Specifically talking about in this case, hoarding, preparing for large scale seizures,” Adam Leath, ASPCA Field Investigations Southeast Regional Director, said.
It’s information that will help people who work with animals like Kelly Hanes with the Austin Humane Society.
"We all know that Austin is growing at a rapid rate, and with that growth comes the prevalence of more animals into our community,” she said. “That puts a real pressure on our industry, our animal welfare causes to learn what's new, what's cutting edge, the new science, the new techniques."
Those techniques include how to properly photograph or collect evidence in an animal cruelty case.
"We're learning better ways to investigate those, along with our law enforcement officers and deputies in the area and how we can support them," Hanes said.
Animal abuse happens all over the U.S. including Central Texas.
"You know No. 1 right now at this time of the year is the heat, and we just saw this week a case where somebody's dog died in the back of a car during the heat,” Hanes said. “That is animal abuse."
And although these animal professionals are better equipped with the knowledge to help cut down on animal cruelty, the ASPCA said a lot of it depends on the public's help.
"It’s incredibly important that the public who will see in the course of their daily lives potentially animals that are being abused and or neglected, it's imperative that they be able to pick up the phone and provide that information to enforcement agencies," Leath said.
That means everyone working together to protect their pets and keep them out of harm's way.
ASPCA hosts training workshops across the country.
For more information about their organization you can visit aspca.org