Protect animals. Fight cruelty.



The National Sheriff Conference was held in Minneapolis. Animal Folks/AFMN had a booth and met with sheriffs in Minnesota and throughout the nation. Go to: Events

The National Link Coalition held their annual meeting on June 28. Animal Folks presented the Veterinary Manual for Reporting Animal Cruelty. Learn more about the link between animal abuse, domestic abuse, child maltreatment and elder abuse. Go to: National Link Coalition


News, Action, and Updates

NOTICE: This website provides data on Minnesota puppy mills and legislative action, and general animal cruelty issues. A new Animal Folks website is under construction to reflect our broader mission. Thank you for your patience.

LEGISLATURE: Who gets elected to office can greatly influence animal issues: MN Elections

• APPOINTMENT: Governor Mark Dayton appointed Dr. Graham Brayshaw as a board member to the MN Board of Animal Health. Details: News 

• VETERINARY MANUAL: Reporting Animal Cruelty. Animal Folks has created a manual to assist veterinarians in Minnesota in setting up clinic protocols to identify and report animal cruelty. A pdf version and information for a printed version are available at: Veterinary Manual.


• DATABANK: Animal Folks is conducting a statewide study of animal cruelty cases in Minnesota with volunteers from 3M Legal Affairs. We are gathering cruelty case documents for analysis. This data will allow us to assess the type of crimes committed, species harmed, sentencing orders, and other factors which can then be used for animal law training and cruelty prevention programs. See 3M report (p 7) for mention of project and our great partners.

NO MORE PUPPY MILLS CAMPAIGN: Numerous large-scale commercial dog breeding facilities still operate in Minnesota. Learn more about Minnesota puppy mills by clicking ISSUE.

• NEWS: The Winona County Board of Commissioners voted to approve permits for six commercial dog kennels. Animal Folks had submitted a complaint against one applicant in 2012 to the Sheriff office. AF also submitted a document to the Board requesting denial. Learn more: News - Winona County

BREEDER LICENSING: As of July 1, 2015, licensure for commercial dog and cat breeders (those who meet the definition per the Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Law) became mandatory. Link: List of Licensees




Veterinarian Manual - Reporting Animal Cruelty


Report it



Animal Folks is devoted to systemic change: By partnering with authorities and other community members, Animal Folks is working to build a modern animal law enforcement system in Minnesota for the prevention of animal cruelty and improved enforcement of animal anti-cruelty laws. Animal Folks is a 501c3 nonprofit. Learn more.

Animal Folks MN - Legislative Action is the legislative arm of Animal Folks. As a 501c4 nonprofit, it handles legislative actions, including lobbying, advocacy and education. Learn more.

Sign Up








©2011 Animal Folks Minnesota - Home - Contact