Humane Law Enforcement

SFAHS Humane Officer Contact: 605-254-4058 | humaneofficer@sfhumanesociety.com

EDUCATING PET OWNERS
The Humane Officer Department at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society plays a critical role in addressing cruelty to animals in our community. With three officers, the humane officer department receives no government or agency funding.
The SFAHS humane officers work specifically in the communities that surround the Sioux Falls area. Any humane enforcement or need within the Sioux Falls city limits are handled by Sioux Falls City Animal Control.

OUR OFFICERS' ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY
Our humane law enforcement officers serve counties that surround Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Officers also assist authorities in other areas as requested. Officers respond to concerns about reported animal cruelty, as well as cases referred by other law enforcement agencies.
Our officers usually spend several hours a day out in the field, responding to calls. Their main daily task is to respond to potential situations of animals cruelty and educate the public on how to provide responsible care for their pets and farm animals and how to stay within the law.
Issues our officers investigate include:
  • Domestic animals lacking necessary food, water or shelter as required by law.
  • Animal fighting and hoarding.
  • Physical abuse or chronic neglect.
  • Illegal shooting, trapping, poisoning, abandonment or torture or any domestic animal.
  • Denial of necessary medical attention.
  • Potential injury from tangled leashes, ropes or chains.
  • Animals left in unattended vehicles and subject to conditions that could adversely affect the animal's health or welfare.
  • Pet stores, petting zoos, boarding kennels, dog kennels, and other facilities that are not meeting the minimum standards of care as required by law.
  • Enforce animal ordinances in the surrounding communities.
  • Assist local law enforcement with animal-related problems.

It is required by law that the following must be provided for an animal:
  • Clean water
  • Proper food
  • Adequate shelter
  • Necessary medical care

Reporting Animal Cruelty
We need your help to keep the animals in our communities safe. If you suspect an animal is being abused or neglected, please contact the proper animal officers. Inside Sioux Falls, call 605-338-7000. Outside Sioux Falls, call 605-254-4058 or email here.
Signs of animal abuse and neglect
  • Lack of grooming, such as overgrown nails or matted fur.
  • Bruises and scarring on skin.
  • Basic needs are not met, such as lack of food, water, shelter or vet care.
  • Being kept in unsanitary conditions or extreme temperatures.
  • Malnourished or dehydrated appearance where bones are visible through fur.

Report abuse or neglect
The proper evidence and witnesses are required to successfully build a case for seizure and/or prosecution. The following information must be provided to officers.
  • Name, exact address and contact information of the animals' owner, if known
  • A brief but specific account of the facts and circumstances involved. Please do not report anything that is rumored or that you haven't actually seen happen.
  • Your name and daytime phone number. We may need to follow up with you to get more specific details. You may remain anonymous and citizen reports of abuse and neglect are kept confidential, but we will still need your contact information.
If you suspect a domestic animal is being abused or neglected inside Sioux Falls city limits contact 605-367-7000. Outside Sioux Falls, contact 605-254-4058.
For livestock concerns, such as horses, cows, goats, pigs, etc., please contact the Animal Industry Board at 605-773-3321.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

What should I do if I suspect cruelty or neglect outside of Sioux Falls?
Call 605-254-4058 | 7 days of the week | 7am to 10pm

If you are calling after hours you may still call for an emergency standby officer.
What should I do if I suspect cruelty or neglect inside Sioux Falls City Limits?
Call 605-367-7000 | 7 days of the week | 7am to 10pm

If you are calling after hours you may still call for an emergency standby officer.
What if I suspect dog fighting?

Dog fighting is a horrible and vicious act that is illegal in South Dakota. If you know of or suspect dog fighting please report it.

Outside Sioux Falls: 605-254-4058
Inside Sioux Falls: 605-367-7000

I don't want someone to know I called them in.

As with any animal complaints you do have the right to remain anonymous.

What if I'm not sure?
Call anyway. We get calls every week that don’t meet legal requirements. Both the SFAHS Humane Officers and Sioux Falls Animal Control would rather investigate a hundred situations where animals are ok, than to miss one where an animal is suffering needlessly.

Outside Sioux Falls: 605-254-4058
Inside Sioux Falls: 605-367-7000
I have a concern about a livestock animal, who do I contact?
For livestock concerns, such as horses, cows, goats, pigs, etc., please contact the Animal Industry Board at 605-773-3321.

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