Brutal winter weather can't stop our humane agents from pursuing justice for animals in crisis. Since our last issue of Animal Tracks went to press, our agents have investigated more than 300 cases of abuse and neglect across 61 Minnesota counties, helping nearly 400 animals escape inhumane treatment.
In December, our humane agents assisted deputies in Pine County with a cockfighting investigation that led to criminal charges against four Twin Cities men. AHS took in all 11 roosters seized in the case and cared for them until they were placed with local chicken rescues.
In January, our Critical Response Team worked along-side Carver County deputies to remove 38 Husky mixes and nine cats from a rural property after the unexpected death of their owner. The dogs exhibited feral and pack behavior, and most had developed severe medical and behavioral challenges as a result of indiscriminate breeding. Our medical and behavioral experts evaluated the animals and worked with Adopt A Husky Minnesota to place 15 of the dogs.
In March, we responded to a hoarding case in Todd County where more than 100 cats were living in unfathomable conditions in a mobile home and surrounding buildings. AHS partnered with the property owners and caregivers, who willingly released the animals. Our team recovered 117 cats, one rabbit, and one chinchilla from the property and transported them to AHS for evaluation and care. To date we've placed 79 of the cats through our adoption programs and 14 others through our rescue partners.
In April, our humane agents removed eight starving animals — seven horses and a donkey — from a rural Fillmore County property. The remains of two horses that had starved to death were also recovered. The surviving horses are recuperating at the Anoka County Equine Center. Criminal charges are pending.
No matter the weather, we're able to respond to cases like these thanks to support from animal lovers like you.