Humane Law Enforcement
Report Cruelty/Neglect and Animal Emergencies
24 Hours/Day, 7 Days/Week
Photo by Hannah Teoh
The Washington Humane Society's Humane Law Enforcement Department investigates over 1,400 complaints of animal cruelty each year. The program has four full-time Humane Law Enforcement Officers who respond to cruelty complaints 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These dedicated officers rescue hundreds of dogs, cats, and other animals each year from neglect and abuse, many of whom are later adopted into new homes. The most serious cases are brought to the attention of the United States Attorney's Office for prosecution. To read about Humane Law Enforcement cases visit our Cruelty Investigations page. Please be aware that some of the images you will see on the Cruelty Investigations page may be disturbing.
The Washington Humane Society's Humane Law Enforcement Department works hard to bring justice to abused animals in the city. Too often, an animal is beaten or otherwise abused by an unknown assailant. In the hopes of finding these abusers the Humane Law Enforcement Department maintains the Justice Fund from which rewards are offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of animal abusers. For information on donating to this fund as well as the general Humane Law Enforcement Fund, please visit our Donation page.
Anyone can report abuse, or suspected abuse, to the Washington Humane Society 24 hours a day. You don't need to leave your name, just tell us where the animal is and what the problem may be and we will send an officer to investigate. By law, people in the District of Columbia need to provide their animals with proper food, fresh water, shelter from the elements, adequate and clean space, and veterinary care when needed.
If you know of an animal who is being denied these things, please call us.