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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.

AHS humane investigation agents, the only full-time humane investigators in the state, received more than 1,700 reports of neglected or harmed animals in the last year. Working in 62 counties with local law enforcement officials, this team addressed nearly 450 cases involving a total of nearly 5,500 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 in 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 Streff
Humane Agent Keith Streff

Office: 763-489-2236
Mobile: 612-747-4168

Wade Hanson
Humane Agent Wade Hanson

Mobile: 651-226-5235

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