The Vermont Humane Federation is proud to present the FINAL REPORT of the Vermont Animal Cruelty Task Force, which was legislatively appointed last session in Act 53 (S. 102) to “evaluate the state of animal cruelty investigation and response in Vermont, including the resources devoted to animal investigation and response services and to recommend ways to consolidate, collaborate, or reorganize to use more effectively limited resources while improving the response to animal cruelty.”

The Task Force reviewed and compared Vermont’s animal cruelty response system with other states’ systems in several key areas we were charged to address: uniform operating protocols, training, data collection, funding, and other relevant issues.  This diverse group, representing private humane societies, animal rescues, veterinarians, municipalities, dog enthusiasts, state agriculture officials, sportsmen, law enforcement, social workers, and animal control officers was assembled to bring multiple agencies to the table to better understand each other’s role in animal cruelty investigations, and to determine how we can work together more effectively to improve the responses and outcomes across the board for animals, the public, and the agencies tasked with this difficult job.

We hope this resource will serve as the basis for future conversations (and legislation) aimed at making Vermont a more humane community for all of its inhabitants.

Additional Materials

Animal Cruelty BLET Rhode Island

Animal Cruelty Statute

Animal Cruelty Training Investigation Workshops

Animal Tracks SOP Final 1/8/16

Animal Tracks Data 2008-2015

ASPCA and NYPD Partnership

Consulting with the Agency of Agriculture on Livestock Cruelty Investigations

Corrections Care of Animals Report

CRS Lead Agency Survey Results 5/15

Cruelty Investigation Training Syllabus

Cruelty Response Summit Results

DCF Humane Society MOU

Department of Public Safety Legislative Report

FBI Adds Animal Cruelty Crimes to National Incidence-Based Reporting System

Investigating and Prosecuting Animal Abuse

NE States’ Animal Cruelty Response and Training

Practical Guidance for the Effective Response by Veterinarians to Suspected Animal Cruelty, Abuse and Neglect

Public Comments Elise Eaton 1/3/15

Public Comment Melissa Salatino 8/18/15

SA ND Flyer 9 15 R10

Sentencing Statistics 2008-2015

State by State Comparison

VEWC Meeting of the Minds 8/14/15 Report

VEWC Survey Question 14

VEWC Survey Results August 2015

Vermont Criminal Animal Cruelty Sentencing Recommendations

VHF Animal Tracks Overview


VACTF Meeting Agenda 9/15/15

VACTF Meeting Agenda 10/6/15

VACTF Meeting Agenda 11/5/15

VACTF Meeting Agenda 12/7/15

VACTF Meeting Agenda 1/4/16

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes 8/4/15

Meeting Minutes 9/15/15

Meeting Minutes 10/6/15

Meeting Minutes 11/5/15

Meeting Minutes 12/7/15

Meeting Minutes 1/4/16