The following links will provide you with information on animal welfare related laws, statutes, and codes. If you have questions, please contact our Humane Investigations team.
The Animal Welfare Act 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. That includes dealers who sell animals to laboratories, animal exhibitors, carriers, and intermediate handlers, dog and cat breeders, puppy mills, zoos, circuses, roadside menageries, and transporters of animals. It excludes retail pet stores, state and county fairs, livestock shows, rodeos, purebred dog and cat shows, and fairs or exhibitions intended to advance agricultural arts and sciences.
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a division of the United States Department of Agriculture, is charged with enforcing the AWA.
Minnesota companion animal statutes
- Chapter 325F: Sale of Cats and Dogs (Dealers and Breeders)
- Consumer Rights
- Chapter 343: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Applies to Privately Owned Animals Only)
- Cruelty to Animals
- Poisoning Animals
- Animal Fighting
- Dog Houses
- Cruelty to Animals
- Chapter 346: Animals
- Stray animals
- Possessing Regulated Animals (Exotics)
- Seized Animals
- Pet and Companion Animal Welfare Act (Applies to Commercial Animal Facilities Only)
- General provisions for pet and companion animals
- Abandoned Animals
- Good Samaritan Rule
- Dogs and Cats in Motor Vehicles
- Chapter 347: Dogs and Cats
- Kennels and Dealers
- Regulation of Dangerous Dogs
- Commercial Breeders Licensing and Enforcement
Chapter 609 – Criminal Code (Specific to Animals)
Local ordinances and licensing requirements
Animal licenses and ordinances are established to protect both people and animals in your community. Requirements for keeping a companion animal differ among the various cities. Contact your local animal control or law enforcement offices to determine the guidelines that have been set for your community.