To report an animal fight in progress, call 911 immediately!
To report information about suspected animal fighting, call 311 immediately.
Sadly, there are cases of animal fighting in Minneapolis. MACC regularly impounds live and dead animals with signs of having been fought. Although dog fighting is more common, cock fighting is also a problem.
What MACC Does
MACC works with the Minneapolis Police Department and the City Attorney’s Office to investigate and prosecute cases of animal fighting and animal cruelty. MACC’s veterinarians assess and evaluate animals for indications that they have been used for fighting, including scars, open wounds, crudely cropped ears, and unusual aggression. Animal fighting is a felony and attending an animal fight as a spectator is a misdemeanor.
What You Can Do!
Animal fighting is very difficult to investigate and prosecute because it is an underground, mobile illegal activity. MACC needs the community to help identify potential animal fighters. You do not need to witness an actual fight to provide valuable information!
Please call 311 immediately if you see the following:
- A large number of dogs kept in one location, especially multiple dogs who are chained and appear aggressive. (Having more than three animals requires a permit in Minneapolis.
- Dogs with an unusual amount of wounds or scars on their head, face, and front legs.
- Dogs hanging by their jaws from heavy objects, pulling weights/chains, or being aggressively exercised by the owner.
- Dogs with weights or heavy chains hanging from their necks.
- Dog fighting equipment such as treadmills, "break sticks" (used to pry apart the jaws of dogs), "spring poles" (a large spring with rope that the dog jumps to grab and pull), and tires hanging from trees.
- Unusual foot traffic – both human and animal - coming and going from a location at odd hours.
- Dead animals in alleys or garbage and strays with severe wounds and scarring.
Last updated Jul. 31, 2013