Minnesota Bill Would Establish an Office of Animal Protection

Minnesota House File 1850, companion to Senate File 1411, would establish an “Office of Animal Protection” within the Department of Public Safety to promote animal welfare programs, coordinate with other law enforcement to enforce cruelty to animals laws, investigate crimes against animals, maintain a statewide “dangerous dog” database, and provide assistance in locating shelters for displaced animals during emergencies or natural disasters.” The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy.