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A success! Animal Folks sponsored two training sessions at the MVMA Conference on February 3rd and 4th for veterinarians and CVTs. Topics:

      • "Animal Cruelty: Training MN Veterinarians

         to Assist Law Enforcement" (Feb 3, 2016)

      • "Be Ready When Suspected Animal Cruelty

         Walks In your Door" (Feb 4, 2016)

Thanks to all who attended — and survived the snowstorm and bad driving conditions! See details: Veterinary Training


News, Action, and Updates

NOTICE: This website provides data on Minnesota puppy mills and legislative action, and general animal cruelty issues. A new Animal Folks website is under construction to present additional information and reflect our broader mission. Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE: The Winona County Board of Commissioners has voted to approve applications from six commercial dog kennels to operate within their county; these breeders have already been operating without a permit. Animal Folks had submitted a complaint against one of the applicants in 2012 to the Sheriff office. Below is the document submitted to the Board of Commissioners by Animal Folks and an article about the board meeting. (Link does not include items listed in Appendix.) Additional information will be posted on this website.

- Submission to Winona County Board of Commissioners RE: Applications for permits by 6 breeding kennels to operate in Winona County

- Article: Winona County board approves Amish dog kennels

LEARN MORE — PUPPY MILLS: For examples of Minnesota dog breeder cases resulting in animal cruelty convictions (Bauck, Rowell, Bell), go to: Issue

NOTE: All three dog breeders noted above were licensed by the USDA. The MN Board of Animal Health has now licensed Deb Rowell (convicted of animal cruelty), though the MN breeder law states the Board must refuse to issue a license to a commercial breeder who has been convicted of cruelty to animals under Minnesota law.

DATABANK: Animal Folks is conducting a statewide study of animal cruelty cases in Minnesota with volunteers from 3M Legal Affairs. We are gathering cruelty case documents for analysis. This data will allow us to assess the type of crimes committed, species harmed, sentencing orders, and other factors which can then be used for animal law training and cruelty prevention programs. See 3M report (p 7) for mention of project and our great partners.

CVI PROJECT: Animal Folks tracks sales of dogs from Minnesota breeders and dealers to out-of-state pet stores and dealers. Help support this project and other AF projects: donate. For examples of this data, go to: CVI Data  

• NEWS: The HSUS, ASPCA and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association have filed a legal petition with the USDA to improve the standards of care for dogs in commercial breeding facilitiies. 

• Request for rule-making

• Copy of legal petition (pdf)

BREEDER LICENSING: As of July 1, 2015, licensure for commercial dog and cat breeders (those who meet the definition per the Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Law) became mandatory. The MN Board of Animal Health gave licenses to two of the largest breeders in the state — one with over 900 dogs and puppies and another with over 1,000 dogs and puppies. Link: List of Licensees

• MN LEGISLATIVE SESSION: Go to: Minnesota State Legislature

THANKS TO ASPCA: ASPCA provided a grant to Animal Folks which allowed us to send two people to the 2015 International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association (IVFSA) conference held in Orlanda, Florida. We are grateful to the ASPCA for their generosity.





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Animal Folks is devoted to systemic change: By partnering with authorities and other community members, Animal Folks is working to build a modern animal law enforcement system in Minnesota for the prevention of animal cruelty and improved enforcement of animal anti-cruelty laws. Animal Folks is 501c3 nonprofit. Learn more.

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