Cruelty to animals is when a person hurts or even kills an animal or pet. There is a fine and sometimes in more serious cases one can go to jail. The animal that suffers could be stolen, or it could be the owner abusing their own pet. Some ways people could abuse the animal would be locking it up, keeping it tied to a chain, giving it little or no food or water, kicking and hurting it, yelling and scaring it or leaving it outside in cold or hot weather for a long period of time.
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