We found the number of cases dropped slightly. Tri-City Animal Control only investigated handfuls of reports the past two years.
But those numbers don't tell the whole story. The shelter also responds to welfare checks on animals which can also result in cruelty reports. There were 190 welfare reports last year. Workers say abuse cases are difficult to solve.
"Animal cruelty cases are tough all over the nation because our animal laws are not strict enough. They haven't been enforced enough and they haven't been improved," Tri-City Animal Control Director Angela Zilar.
Cruelty cases are forwarded to the prosecutor's office for further investigation.