Humane Law Enforcement Officer
Wisconsin law allows cities, villages, towns and counties to rely on their own local law enforcement to investigate animal abuse and neglect.  
Animals play a big role in Wisconsin life.  There are about 60,000 premises that keep livestock, nearly a million homes with dogs and more than three-quarters of a million homes with cats.  Society's attitudes toward animals have changed.  We demand humane treatment, and we demand that our local governments ensure that treatment. Humane law enforcement officer serve society by helping those who can't help themselves.
Humane law enforcement officers are typically fully trained and empowered police officers. Their primary purpose is to enforce laws related to the humane treatment of animals. They investigate allegations of animal abuse and ensure pets are well cared for and protected.
In some cases, they may take steps to remove abused or endangered animals from homes and owners. They may also file charges and arrest those accused of cruelty to animals.
The job of a humane law enforcement officer often includes:
  • Investigating animal abuse cases
  • Enforcing laws related to the care and keeping of animals
  • Regulating industries that work with and use animals
  • Writing reports
  • Preparing and executing warrants
  • Arresting suspected criminals
  • Issuing civil fines
  • Responding to calls for service
Please report your incident to our Dispatch Center at 715-627-6411 to assign an on-duty deputy to start the initial investigation. If warranted Sgt. DeFiore, Humane Law Enforcement Officer will complete a follow-up investigation.