I don't know how many of you have had to deal with this in your lifetimes, but it's not an easy thing for anyone, and it's very saddening. I recently learned my friend has been neglecting his animals, while it isn't direct abuse, it is equally as devastating. He had 2 dogs, and only one of them was able to be revived in a shelter. The other passed away from malnutrition. i haven't had pets, but i've always loved them, and i absolutely love dogs, so when i came to his place and saw this it hurt alot and i felt like a terrible friend for reporting him and he's had to pay a fine...but if i hadn't there would be 2 dead dogs. I'm just wondering, when do you put friendship aside for things like this. I mean...is abuse acceptable to certain levels or is this something you take to the authorities right away? I think even though i lost that friendship, i still did the right thing. Please post if you've had situations like this, or if you'd just like to contribute. For everyone who's lucky enough to never have to watch a pet die from abuse, please see these links so that we can help prevent this from ever happening. Thank you. http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/abuse_neglect/ "People with emotional problems may beat, shoot, or stab animals or set them on fire. Those who abuse animals are very likely to be violent to other people—even their own family—too. Neglect is not giving an animal the right food, water, shelter or vet care. Because their misery goes on for so long, animals who die of neglect can suffer just as much as animals who are harmed on purpose." http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/reporting-cruelty-faq.html This site has a much more indepth analysis of how to stop animal abuse and how to seek the proper authorities. No developed nation in the world allows animal cruelty; and in the US it is a felony with jail time in 47 states. Please do what you can to spread the word because it happens more often than you think.