Animal Cruelty Task Force

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Established in the early 1960s, the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force is dedicated to intervening for animals at risk from abuse, neglect and natural disasters and emergencies in all 114 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.

Every year the Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) receives more than 20,000 reports of suspected animal abuse or neglect. They travel an average of 300,000 miles within the state of Missouri to respond and investigate each case, which often leads to the rescue of tens of thousands of animals who are given a second chance at our shelters.

Ten professionally trained and experienced ACT animal cruelty investigators work with owners to improve treatment of their animals and with local law enforcement to remove the animals if the situation does not improve.

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St. Louis Area

HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Task Force is the only St. Louis area animal welfare agency on call 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year in St. Louis City and County to rescue animals in distress and transport sick and/or injured stray animals.

Statewide Division

HSMO’s statewide Animal Cruelty Investigators are a safety net for animals in areas where little or no local animal care and control exists. They handle large-scale abuse cases involving substandard puppy mills, hoarders, dog fighters and abuse and neglect of horses and farm animals.

Disaster Response

The Animal Cruelty Task Force has been designated by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) as the lead animal welfare organization to respond to emergencies and disasters in Missouri. HSMO’s Disaster Response Team rescues and shelters animals when floods, tornadoes, blizzards, extreme heat, ice storms, earthquakes and other emergencies occur.

Special training and state-of-the-art equipment allow the Animal Cruelty Task Force to handle even the most difficult rescues.

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