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Who is responsible for the protection of Minnesota animals?

Oversight for animal cruelty issues in Minnesota primarily falls to local governments (i.e., sheriff, police, prosecutor) and the courts.

Local nonprofit animal organizations (all privately financed) and volunteers are also advocates for the protection and care of animals.

Some state agencies are granted authority to enforce laws passed by the MN Legislature.


The decision-makers

Whether elected, appointed or hired, different people play critical roles in how animals are viewed and treated in Minnesota. 

Minnesota House and Senate

Minnesota Governor

Judicial: The Courts and Attorney General

Local: Counties and municipalities

Nonprofit animal organizations


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