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 humane investigators in the state, received 2,184 reports of neglected or harmed animals in 2014. Working in 62 counties with local law enforcement officials, our efforts in humane investigations helped 4,381 animals.
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:
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:
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.
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.
Humane Agent Keith Streff
Humane Agent Wade Hanson