Cruelty prevention resources

Cruelty prevention resources

Preventing animal cruelty is in all of our best interests. Studies have shown that cruelty to animals is a sign that other abuse is taking place in the home. Those same studies show that children who witness animal abuse are at a greater risk of becoming animal abusers themselves.

At Animal Humane Society, we’re committed to breaking this cycle through education and prevention.

Current Animal Welfare Laws

Current animal welfare laws

Federal law

Animal Welfare Act (AWA)

The Animal Welfare Act is a federal law that governs the transportation, sale and handling of certain animals. More specifically, it ensures that animals are provided with humane care and treatment during transportation, purchase, sale, housing, care, and handling by persons or organizations using them for research or exhibition purposes or as pets.

Reporting animal cruelty

Reporting animal cruelty

We need your help to keep the animals in our communities safe. Contact our Humane Investigations team if you are concerned about the welfare of an animal.

Humane investigations

Humane investigations

Animal Humane Society’s Humane Investigations team is committed to seeking justice for animals throughout Minnesota by investigating reports of animal abuse and neglect, collaborating with law enforcement on cases related to animals and animal welfare statutes, and providing training and workshops for agencies, institutions, and community organizations.

Our two humane agents, the only full-time professional humane investigators in the state, received 2,317 reports of neglected or abused animals in 2013. Working in 66 counties with local law enforcement officials, our efforts in humane investigations helped 6,376 animals.

Investigating reports of animal abuse and neglect

Most of the cases reported to our agents involve lack of food, water, shelter and general animal husbandry. Larger, more complex cases  can result on-site investigations, animal seizure, and prosecuting offenders.

Issues our humane agents investigate include:

  • Domestic animals and livestock lacking necessary food, water or shelter as required by law
  • Animal fighting and hoarding
  • Physical abuse or chronic neglect of animals
  • Denial of necessary medical attention to animals who are sick or injured
  • Illegal shooting, trapping, abandonment, poisoning, or torture of any domestic animal
  • Potential injury from tangled leashes, ropes or chains
  • Animals left in unattended vehicles and subject to conditions that would or could adversely affect the animal’s health or welfare
  • Pet stores, petting zoos, boarding kennels, dog kennels, horse stables, and other facilities that are not meeting the minimum standards of care as required by law

Collaborating with law enforcement

As the only full-time professional humane investigations team in the state of Minnesota, we’re often contacted to assist law enforcement with cases related to or involving animals. When called upon, our veterinary and animal care staff can provide:

  • Equipment and personnel to assist with animal seizure
  • Medical examinations of involved animals
  • Transportation and shelter for large numbers of animals taken into custody
  • Technical consultation during investigations involving animal cruelty allegations

Training and workshops

In addition to investigations, our agents conduct training presentations and workshops for law enforcement agencies, academic institutions, community associations and other members of the animal welfare industry.

Contact us for help

Our seasoned humane agents bring more than 40 years of combined experience to investigations throughout the state of Minnesota.

Individuals and law enforcement agencies may contact a humane agent directly to request assistance. Citizen reports of abuse and neglect are kept confidential. However, in more complex cases, we must have sufficient evidence or a cooperative witness to successfully build a case for seizures and criminal prosecution.

Keith StreffHumane Agent Keith Streff
Office: (763) 489-2236
Mobile: (612) 747-4168

Wade HansonHumane Agent Wade Hanson
Office: (763) 489-1570
Mobile: (651) 226-5235

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