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contact your local animal care and control
It’s been said that the focus of humane societies is to ‘protect animals from humans’ and the focus of Animal Care and Control is to ‘protect humans from animals’. Animal Control typically deals with domestic animals and wildlife.
In recent years, however, many Animal Control departments have changed, philosophically. They not only deal with issues such as dog barking, strays, animals off leash, animal theft, dangerous animals and pet licensing but, being on the frontlines, they have also witnessed how irresponsible human behavior (some breeders; some pet owners) has contributed to animal behavior.
Many Animal Control departments provide comfort and compassion to animals and are trying, with severely limited budgets, to do what they can to serve both the public and animals — and to address animal cruelty or neglect issues. For most counties and cities, animal care and control expenses far exceed local budgets.
If you see or suspect animal abuse or neglect, contact your sheriff or police. Then, also, contact animal control. Some cities and counties coordinate efforts between departments.
Animal Control departments
To find your local Animal Care and Control department, contact your local police department or county sheriff's office or trying googling key words: Animal control, Minnesota, your city.
Below are a few Animal Control department contacts.
• Eden Prairie
• Inver Grove Heights
• Mendota Heights
• New Ulm
• Otter Lake
• Prior Lake
• St. Cloud
• St. Paul