Animal abuse is something that most of us do not tolerate and would like to see abolished. But if you are witness to abuse -- whether it's an emaciated horse or a dog chained to a tree -- it's important to have three facts before reporting it to the animal welfare authorities. First, first-hand observation is key. If you didn't see it yourself, you cannot report it. Second, mark down the exact address where you witnessed the abuse, along with cross streets and the time of day and date. Third, if you can (without trespassing), use your phone to document the situation with photos. Then contact your animal welfare or animal control office to make the report.