Humane Investigations

The Animal Welfare League investigates cases of animal cruelty, neglect and abandonment.  Our animal cruelty investigations department provides services to our community.  Our commissioned humane agents enforce all local and state laws pertaining to the care and treatment of animals as reported by members of the public and partner agencies including other law enforcement agencies, health departments, code enforcement and social service agencies.  Humane investigators are licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Our licensed Humane Investigators serve the community seven days a week outfitted in appropriate tactical gear, ready for any circumstances they may encounter.

To Report Animal Cruelty:

All reports of cruelty to animals are taken very seriously by the Animal Welfare League. To report cruelty, animal abandonment, hoarding or cases of animal fighting, please contact the AWL at 708-636-8586, Ext #256  to reach confidential voicemail. 

Please be prepared to provide:

  • The exact street address of the property where the animal is located.
  • The exact nature of the complaint  (dog left outside with no shelter, abandoned in apartment, etc)
  • Description of the animal (color, breed, size, adult/pup)
  • A contact number where our investigator can reach you should he have any questions or trouble locating the animal. It is not mandatory to leave your contact information but it does make the investigator’s job simpler should they have any questions. All calls are confidential.

To Report Dog Fighting in Illinois:

  • In Chicago, call 911 whenever dog fighting is seen in progress or 311 if it is suspected.
  • In other municipalities, contact your local police department. Reports can be made anonymously.
  • In Cook County, Illinois, you may call the Cook County Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-535-STOP if you have information about dog-fighting.
  • Report anything unusual in your neighborhood, such as large numbers of dogs, excessive barking, illegal kennels, unusual number of people "coming and going" in abandoned buildings, garages, or lots.

How to recognize dogfighting as presented by the Humane Society of the United States.

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