After this, you have enough to take the case forward - to the police.
4. Bring copies of the evidence you've collected to the police district where the person posted the content. If that's not possible, bring it to your local police department.
They will likely ask you to file a report, and this gets a little technical, but bear with us:
5. Include in the report an express request that:
- An officer file a formal preservation request pursuant to 18 USC § 2703(f) of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act with the host website. This will help preserve evidence.
- The agency fully investigate the crimes depicted in the images you discovered.
- You understand that you may be called as a witness.
With those simple steps, your work is largely done, but the police's work has just begun - they will work on getting a warrant if they believe the photos show a crime being committed.
Be sure to show your willingness to cooperate with the case investigation as it moves forward. According to ALDF, your willingness to cooperate with the case is key to righting the wrongs done to animals.
Lastly, be patient. "People are often surprised at how long the investigative process takes," Heiser said. "It does take time. However, perseverance equates to a high-quality investigation, and that is what wins these cases."
Read the full guide about how you can take action to help stop animal cruelty here.