MHS Cruelty Investigation - Michigan Humane Society

MHS Cruelty Investigation

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

MHS Cruelty Investigation

For nearly 100 years, local animals suffering abuse and neglect have shared a source of hope in the Michigan Humane Society’s cruelty investigators.

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A legacy of tireless work, limitless compassion and unwavering dedication formally began in 1913 when Michigan’s governor dubbed Arthur C. Curtis as Humane Marshall, giving him the authority to investigate animal cruelty.

As the first cruelty investigator for the organization (then known as the Animal Welfare Association), Curtis set a course for justice and protection that MHS continues today.

MHS cruelty investigators - demonstrate the same commitment to animal welfare each day through their unique role, which is equal parts educator, detective and crusader.

Most situations are reported by compassionate neighbors or passersby, and other leads come from the Detroit Police or Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.

MHS Cruelty Investigation Department

On days with extreme weather conditions, the average number of incoming reports easily can triple the team’s workload. To dispatch help as quickly as possible, office coordinators pinpoint the exact location for each complaint, gather key details, and prioritize the cases for the east-side and west-side cruelty investigation teams.

With the most common Cruelty Hotline complaints concerning companion animals lacking the food, water or shelter necessary to maintain their state of good health - matters covered by Michigan’s anti-cruelty statutes - these professionals often serve as front line humane educators.

Clear, yet tactful, communication is their primary instrument and is used effectively in encouraging pet owners to provide for their animals’ physical and emotional requirements. Follow-up visits also play a major role in protecting these at-risk animals to ensure they continue receiving proper care.

When necessary, the investigators will seek to have an individual surrender animal “ownership” to MHS. If an animal is in immediate peril, the investigators can seek to remove the animal and pursue a prosecution when enough evidence is available.

It’s certainly true that the MHS cruelty investigation team has witnessed the worst in humankind as it pertains to the intentional mistreatment of companion animals.

Upon tendering care and compassion to animal victims, the team turns to carefully and thoroughly investigating the environment, circumstances and people involved in these criminal acts.

Legal procedure and protocols inclusive of requesting warrants, reviewing and handling evidence, and interviewing witnesses are necessary skills and tools required to ensure that those who seek to harm animals are brought to justice.

In the field of cruelty investigation, walking into the unknown is an everyday reality. Whether rescuing an animal from a dangerous situation or dealing with unpredictable animals - and their often more-unpredictable owners - these individuals put their personal well-being on the line.

Each year, MHS responds to approximately 150 calls related to dog fighting, a cruel practice in which dogs are bred, trained and fought for the entertainment and monetary gain of their owners and other spectators.

In addition to exploiting and abusing the dogs involved, this brutal “sport” often is accompanied by activities that can put others in the community at risk, such as illegal gambling of large sums of money, and the selling and possession of drugs and firearms. However, through their expert collection of evidence and testimony in court, the investigators often are able to remove these dogs from their lives of fighting and pain, and bring those responsible to justice.



Recent Cruelty Cases:

Seeking Justice for Puppy After Being Dragged On-Leash

July 26, 2016

MHS is pursuing cruelty charges for man who dragged his puppy down the street.

Topic: Cruelty Investigation, What We Do
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: General

$2,000 Reward For Information Related To Dog Who Was Set On Fire

July 22, 2016

MHS seeking justice for a dog named Bear who was intentionally set on fire

Topic: Cruelty Investigation
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: General

MHS Helps Convict Man Accused of Violently Killing Dog

July 12, 2016

The man will spend more than two years in prison for his crimes.

Topic: Cruelty Investigation
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: General

Dog Rescued from Abandoned, Garbage-Filled House In Detroit

June 30, 2016

The 3-year-old Shih Tzu is happy and healthy after receiving critical care at MHS

Topic: Cruelty Investigation, What We Do, Emergency Rescue
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Recent Rescues

MHS to Investigate Animal Cruelty in Livingston County

June 9, 2016

MHS Cruelty Investigators will work in conjunction with Livingston County Animal Control

Topic: About MHS, Cruelty Investigation
Animal Type: All
Story Type: General

Dogs and Cats Removed from Hoarding Situation

May 24, 2016

MHS finds homes for animals found in a hoarding situation.

Topic: Cruelty Investigation, What We Do, Emergency Rescue
Animal Type: Cats and Kittens, Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Recent Rescues

Blind Dog Needs New Home

May 17, 2016

Murdock, a 4-year-old Shih Tzu, found a new home after months of care at MHS.

Topic: Cruelty Investigation, What We Do, Volunteerism, Emergency Rescue
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Recent Rescues

Cats Rescued After Being Thrown Out of Car Window

May 4, 2016

Mother cat, with two vulnerable kittens, thrown out car window to fend for herself

Topic: Cruelty Investigation, What We Do, Emergency Rescue
Animal Type: Cats and Kittens
Story Type: Recent Rescues

MHS offering $2,500 reward for information related to dogs killed in a Westland House Fire

April 1, 2016

The MHS Cruelty Investigation Department is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for burning three dogs alive in a Westland.

Topic: Cruelty Investigation
Animal Type: All
Story Type: General

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy

December 15, 2015

Courses designed to assist officers in responding to animal-related issues in the field

Topic: Cruelty Investigation, Animal Welfare Issues
Animal Type: All
Story Type: General

$2,500 Reward For Information On Dog Found Hanged

December 10, 2015

$2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for hanging a dog in an abandoned house

Topic: Cruelty Investigation
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Recent Rescues

Reward for Information on Dog Found in Garbage Can

December 1, 2015

MHS is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for leaving a young Pomeranian mix dog in a garbage can in the 19000 block of Harned on Detroit’s East Side.

Topic: Cruelty Investigation, Volunteerism
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: General

MHS Winter Straw Drop

November 27, 2015

MHS is providing pet owners and pets with resources for cold winter months

Topic: Cruelty Investigation, What We Do, Get Involved, Emergency Rescue
Animal Type: All
Story Type: General

Reward for Safe Return of Stolen Kitten

September 9, 2015

$500 reward for the safe return of a 10-week-old kitten, named Misty Gish, that was stolen from the MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care on Thursday, Sept. 3.

Topic: Cruelty Investigation
Animal Type: Cats and Kittens
Story Type: General

The Story of Hank Azul

July 14, 2015

Dog rescued from the streets finds loving home

Topic: Cruelty Investigation, What We Do, Emergency Rescue
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Recent Rescues

$2,500 Reward for Dog With Gunshot Wound

June 26, 2015

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and Detroit Pit Crew (DPC) are partnering to offer a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for shooting a dog found near the 15,000 block of Lahser near Midland on Detroit’s West Side.

Topic: Cruelty Investigation, What We Do
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Recent Rescues

Reward for Information on Dog with Embedded Chain

April 27, 2015

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and Ingham County Animal Control’s Animal Cruelty Task Force are offering a combined $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for putting a heavy chain around a dog’s neck and neglecting it to the point where it became embedded in his skin.

Topic: Cruelty Investigation
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: General

$2,500 Reward

March 25, 2015

$2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for tying two dogs to a tree and leaving them to die in the woods near Dansville, MI

Topic: Cruelty Investigation
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: General

Edgar Adopted!

January 1, 2015

The Maltese mix, Edgar, was adopted after spending nearly two months recovering from his ordeal

Topic: Cruelty Investigation, Giving Campaign
Animal Type: All
Story Type: Happy Endings

London and Oslo

June 16, 2014

The Michigan Humane Society Cruelty and Rescue hotline received a call about puppies left in an abandoned house.

Topic: Cruelty Investigation, What We Do, Giving Campaign, Emergency Rescue
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Giving Campaigns

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