The victims can’t call for help but that didn’t stop Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice from creating an animal abuse hot line a year ago.

Since the hot line was launched, 16 animal cruelty cases have been prosecuted, a dramatic increase from an average of two prosecutions per year in previous years.

The unit has fielded more than 700 complaints, said Rice at a news conference at the Animal Lovers League in Glen Cove yesterday.

“It’s important that we treat these cases with the seriousness they deserve,” said Rice.

If you suspect an animal is being abused, call the animal cruelty tip hot line at (516) 680-8624.