Investigations of Animal Abuse

The Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society partners with local volunteer humane investigation agents. If you are concerned about the safety and welfare of animals in Blue Earth or Nicollet counties, you may call 507-625-6373 to leave a message. Our staff will connect you with one of our Humane Investigation Agents for assistance. Below are the physical and environmental signs of animal cruelty as reported on the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies website.

Physical Signs of Cruelty

  • Tight collar that has caused a neck wound or has become embedded in the pet’s neck
  • Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds or an ongoing injury or illness that isn’t being treated
  • Untreated skin conditions that have caused loss of hair, scaly skin, bumps or rashes
  • Extreme thinness or emaciation—bones may be visible
  • Fur infested with fleas, ticks or other parasites
  • Patches of bumpy, scaly skin rashes
  • Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails and dirty coat
  • Weakness, limping or the inability to stand or walk normally
  • Heavy discharge from eyes or nose
  • An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal
  • Visible signs of confusion or extreme drowsiness
Thin, brown dog in kennel

Environmental Signs of Cruelty

  • Pets are tied up alone outside for long periods of time without adequate food or water, or with food or water that is unsanitary
  • Pets are kept outside in inclement weather without access to adequate shelter
  • Pets are kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass or other objects that could harm them
  • Animals are housed in kennels or cages (very often crowded in with other animals) that are too small to allow them to stand, turn around and make normal movements

Source: Minnesota Federated Humane Societies 

Minnesota State Laws

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Minnesota Statutes Chapter 343
Animals, Including Strays and Pet and Companion Welfare Act – Minnesota Statute Chapter 346
Dogs and Cats – Minnesota Statute Chapter 347
Regulation of Sale of Dogs and Cats – Minnesota Statute Chapter 325F.79-325F.792
Minnesota Statutes and Rules About Dog Kennels