Anti-Cruelty Information Line
We do not have the jurisdiction to investigate such cases, but do want to provide concerned citizens with information on how to make an effective police report. All reports of suspected animal cruelty or neglect in Milwaukee County must go through the police department. If you observe or suspect animal abuse or neglect is occurring, take the following steps:
Contact your local non-emergency police department as soon as possible.
If you witness an animal in a life-threatening situation, such as dog fighting, call 9-1-1.
For a listing of police departments in the City of Milwaukee, click here.
For a listing of police departments of other municipalities in Milwaukee County, click here.
Print out a form of information to give to the dispatcher when you call the police department.
The police are best able to perform their duties when provided with detailed descriptions of the suspected abuse.
The more details you provide, the greater the chance that the law will be upheld and the animals rescued.
If you do not fill in the printable form, make sure to consider the following questions before calling the police:
- What type of incident(s) did you witness?
- Who was involved in the incident(s)?
- When did the incident(s) take place?
- Where did the incident(s) take place?
If you are a resident of the City of Milwaukee, check if your complaint breaks a local ordinance.
Contact the Department of Neighborhood Services at (414) 286-3441 with any animal nuisance complaints.
Click here to view a list of local ordiances.
If you live outside the City of Milwaukee, check your municipality’s website for details on your local animal ordinances.
For a packet of resources to help end animal cruelty, click here.