Wisconsin Animal Welfare Laws
Officers, Law Enforcement Officers, Veterinarians
(b) Sacrifice of other animals. An officer may order
killed or may kill an animal other than a dog or
cat if the officer has reason to believe that the
animal bit a person or is infected with rabies.
Except as provided
in a 95.36, if an animal of a species raised primarily
to produce food for human consumption is killed
under this paragraph, the owner is eligible for
an indemnity payment in an amount equal to the indemnity
provided under s. 95.31 (3). If
the decision is made by an employee of the department,
the indemnity shall be paid from the appropriation
under s. 20.115 (2) (b). If the decision is made
by another officer, the indemnity shall be paid
from the dog license fund.
Sacrifice of a dog or cat exhibiting symptoms of
rabies. If a veterinarian determines that a dog
or cat exhibits symptoms of rabies during the original
or extended observation period, the veterinarian
shall notify the owner and the officer who ordered
the animal quarantined and the officer or veterinarian
shall kill the animal in a humane manner and in
a manner which avoids damage to the animal's head.
If the dog or cat is suspected to have bitten a
person, the veterinarian shall notify the person
or the person's physician.
173.07 Powers and duties
of humane officers. (1) ENFORCEMENT. A humane officer
shall enforce s.95.21, this chapter, chs. 174 and
951 and ordinances relating to animals enacted by
political subdivisions in which the humane officer
has jurisdiction under s. 173.03 (3).
A humane officer shall investigate alleged violation
of statutes and ordinances relating to animals and,
in the course of the investigations, may execute
inspection warrants under s.66.0119.
(3) SEEK SUBPOENAS.
A humane officer may request the district attorney
for the county to obtain subpoenas to compel testimony
and obtain documents in aid of investigations.
CITATIONS. If authorized by the appointing political
subdivision, a humane officer shall issue citations
under s. 66.0113 for violations of ordinances relating
PROSECUTIONS. A humane officer may request law enforcement
officers and district attorneys to enforce and prosecute
violations of state law and may cooperate in those
ACTIONS. Unless also law enforcement officer, a
humane officer may not in the course of his or her
duties do any of the following:
(a) Execute a
(b) Carry firearms.
(c) Stop or arrest
(d) Stop, search,
or detain vehicles, except under an inspection warrant
under s. 66.0119.
(e) Enter any place
or vehicle using force or without the consent of
the owner, except in an emergency occasioned by
fire or other circumstance in which that entry is
reasonable and is necessary to save an animal from
imminent death or a person from imminent death or
(f) Remove any
animal from the custody of another person by force.
of interest prohibited. No humane officer may sell
or otherwise dispose of any animal that came into
the humane officer's custody in the course of his
or her duties.
of cruelty complaints . A person may apply
for a search warrant under a 968.12 if there is
a reason to believe that a violation of ch. 951
has taken place or is taking place. If the court
is satisfied that probable cause exists, it shall
issue a search warrant directing a law enforcement
officer in the county to proceed immediately to
the location of the alleged violation with a doctor
of veterinary medicine, if the court determines
that a veterinarian is necessary for purposes of
the search, and directing the law enforcement officer
to search the place designated in the warrant, retaining
in his or her custody subject to the order of the
court such property or things as are specified in
the warrant, including any animal. If the person
applying for the search warrant is a humane officer,
the warrant shall direct that the humane officer
accompany the law enforcement officer who is directed
to perform the search. The warrant shall be executed
and returned to the court which issued the warrant
in accordance with ss.968.15 and 968.17. This section
does not affect other powers and duties of law enforcement
Animal fighting ; seizure. (1) Any veterinarian
who has reason to believe that an animal has been
in a fight in violation of s. 951.08 shall report
the matter to the local humane officer or to a local
law enforcement agency. The report shall be in writing
and shall include a description and the location
of the animal, any injuries suffered by the animal
and the name and address of the owner or person
in charge of the animal, if known.
an animal has been seized because it is alleged
that the animal has been used in or constitutes
evidence of any crime specified in s. 951.08, the
animal may not be returned to the owner by an officer.
Under s. 968.20
(2). In any hearing under s. 968.20 (1), the court
shall determine if the animal is needed as evidence
or there is reason to believe that the animal has
participated in or been trained for fighting if
the court makes such a finding, the animal shall
be retained in custody.
the charges under s. 951.08 are dismissed or if
the owner if found not guilty of a crime specified
in s. 951.08, the animal shall be returned to the
owner unless he or she is subject to the restrictions
under s.951.08 (2m).
If the owner is convicted under s.951.08 or is subject
to the restriction under s 951.08 (2m).the animal
shall be delivered to the local humane officer or
county or municipal pound. If there is no local
humane officer or pound, the animal may be delivered
to a local humane society or to another person designated
by the court. If the animal is one year old or older
or shows indication of having participated in fighting,
the animal shall be disposed of in a proper and
(b) If the animal is
less than one year old and shows no indication of
having participated in fighting. The animal shall
be released to a person other than the owner or
disposed of in a proper and human manner. If the
animal is a dog, the release or disposal shall be
in accordance with s. 173.23 (I m), except that
the fees under s. 173.23 ( Im ) (a) 4 are covered