We need your help to keep the
animals in our communities safe. Contact the MFHS (MN Federated
Humane Society) if
you are concerned about the welfare of an animal.
signs of animal cruelty and neglect:
of grooming, for example overgrown nails or matted fur
needs not met, such as lack of food, water, shelter and vet care
and scarring on skin or visible signs of poor health
kept in unsanitary conditions or extreme temperatures
appearance where bones are visible through fur
To file a complaint:
and the names of those who file a complaint are kept
The proper evidence and witnesses are required to successfully
build a case for seizure and/or prosecution. Be sure to follow
all the directions and give as much information as you possibly
can when you file a complaint or leave a message. It’s important
to the life of the animal!
"Not being able to do everything is no
excuse for not doing everything you can."
— Ashleigh Brilliant
between animal cruelty and human violence.
Welfare Act (AWA)
The following links will provide you with
information on animal welfare related laws, statutes and codes.
Cruelty to Animals –
Pet and Companion Welfare Act –
Minnesota Exotic Animals –
Regulation of Dangerous Dogs –
Sale of Dogs and Cats –
Harm Caused by Dog – Code
Dangerous Animals Destroyed – Code
Killing or Harming a Public Safety Dog – Code
Unauthorized Release of Animals – Code
Minnesota Exotic Animal Law
If you have
questions about city ordinances pertaining to animals, for
example, the number allowed per household, leash laws, etc.,
please contact your local animal control or city offices.