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About the Capital Area
Humane Society’s Humane Investigations
state law, the Capital Area Humane Society is the only agency with
commissioned Humane Agents in Franklin County, who investigate cases
of alleged abuse of ALL animals.
The Capital Area Humane Society
is the lead agency in Franklin County investigating cases of animal
cruelty, neglect and abandonment. The Humane Society's animal
cruelty investigations department provides services to the citizens
of Franklin County under Ohio Revised Code 1717.6. Our
commissioned humane agents enforce all local and state laws
pertaining to the care and treatment of animals as reported by
members of the public and partner agencies including other law
enforcement agencies, health departments, code enforcement and
social service agencies. More than 95 percent of the cases
filed by the Capital Area Humane Society in the Franklin County
Environmental Court resulted in conviction of the defendant.
Outfitted in bullet-proof vests,
our humane agents are in the community seven days a week investigating
complaints and educating the public. Additional programs
operated by the Animal Cruelty Investigations Department include:
humane education for children, Safe Haven sheltering for the pets of
victims of domestic violence, and no-cost spay/neuter services for
community feral cat caregivers.
Reporting Animal Cruelty
reports of cruelty to animals are taken seriously by the Capital
Area Humane Society. To report cruelty, animal abandonment or cases
of animal fighting, please contact the Capital Area Humane Society
at (614) 777-7387, ext. 250 to reach confidential voicemail.
Please be prepared to provide the street address and zip code of the
property where the animal is located. All calls are
Report suspected cruelty online
or call (614)777-7387 ext. 250
to reach confidential voice mail
For barking dog complaints, please contact the City Prosecutor's
Office at (614)645-7483.
For stray dogs, contact Franklin County Animal Control at
Hours of Operation
(voice mail is available 24 hours a day)
Sunday through Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 p.m.
SAFE HAVEN for Pets Coordinator (614)315-0102
(note: Safe Haven is for pets in households experiencing domestic
for more information on reporting animal cruelty.
For information on what it takes to become an
Animal Cruelty Investigator,