MHS Cruelty Investigation

MHS Cruelty Investigation
The Michigan Humane Society investigates more than 5,000 animal cruelty complaints each year in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.

If you know an animal is suffering due to negligence or violence, you can help the Michigan Humane Society end animal suffering!

Learn to Recognize Animal Cruelty
Be our eyes and ears - report suspected animal cruelty right away to the appropriate enforcement agents who have the authority to investigate these crimes in your area.  Animal cruelty can take many forms. To name just a few that we see far too often:

  • A skinny dog chained to a fence in the freezing cold with no shelter in sight
  • Cats, dogs and other companion animals abandoned in a home and forgotten
  • Stray animals captured and used by dogfighters as bait for their dogs' training
  • Vicious pranksters harming whatever animal happens to cross their path

Report Animal Cruelty - Who to call:
The Michigan Humane Society investigates cruelty complaints in our service area of Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.  To report suspected animal cruelty in these cities, call our Cruelty Hotline at (313) 872-3401, Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. or leave a detailed message any time.  Be sure to leave all the information requested on the voice mail message, including the complaint street address and major cross streets.  You can remain anonymous but please include your phone number if possible in case additional information is needed.

In other cities, please contact your local animal control/police department which has the authority and responsibility to enforce our state's animal cruelty laws, and any local ordinances, in your area.  Search for your local police department phone number.

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Cruelty Resources
> Report Cruelty
> MI Cruelty Laws
> MI Dogfighting Laws
> Meet the CID Team
> Help the Investigators
> Emergency Rescue
> Job Opportunities
> Animal Cops: Detroit

Detroit, Hamtramck
and Highland Park
Cruelty Hotline:
(313) 872-3401

Monday - Saturday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
or leave message

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Know the law
Read Michigan's
Animal Cruelty Laws:

> Section 750.49
> Section 750.50

Each year, MHS responds to over 5,000 cruelty complaints.

Most common cruelty complaint: no shelter, food or water.

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