Animal Abuse and Neglect Investigations
Australian Shepherd Rescue Midwest is the sponsor of an Approved Humane Investigator through the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Our staff has met the criteria for animal investigation cases as required by the State of Illinois.
Animal neglect and abuse is a problem in our state, and many times it is happening in your own county or neighborhood, perhaps even next door.
Illinois Law requires that pets:
- Receive sufficient quantity of good quality, wholesome food and water
- Receive adequate protection and shelter from weather
- Receive veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering, and
- Receive humane care and treatment
Please keep in mind if an animal has the above basic needs they are not considered at risk.
Examples of Violations We Address
No food or lack of water, no shelter or inadequate shelter, notice of dead animals in the yard.
If you see someone abusing an animal such as kicking, choking, hitting, using an object to cause harm or even using another animal to attack the other animal.
If you notice an empty building, residence or apartment and an animal is still inside. If a person has moved and left their pets or animals abandon on the property.
Puppymill or Backyard Breeders
The dumping of puppies or adult dogs. (This is a large problem with Australian Shepherds when they are Black Tri’s or Red Tri’s) as well as over population or exceeding the limit of pets within the city limits, county limits, etc.
This is more common then many people realize, what starts as a small hobby gets out of hand, a person feels they will save abandoned pets and starts an illegal rescue (The state of Illinois requires any animal rescue which takes in pets and then adopts out or provides long-term care be licensed).
Contact your local law enforcement agency immediately and give them as much information as possible. You can contact our agency and provide as much information as possible and we will contact Law Enforcement.
Do not take matters into your own hands with any neglect, abuse, or other potential violations. We need to be able to document the abuse or neglect, feeding or giving water to the animal will only remove the evidence we need to document, also you could place yourself in a potential trespass or worse a cruelty charge yourself should the food or water you provide cause the animal to become sick. Underweight animals need to be placed on a special diet approved by a medical facility.
We currently operate in the Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford County regions but can travel further or place you in contact with an investigator in your area.