Law enforcement

Law enforcement officers working animal cruelty cases are not alone. The Oklahoma Alliance for Animals (OAA) is here to help.

These forms may be helpful when seizing animals in cruelty and neglect cases, and when owners choose to surrender animals to your offices for placement with 501c3 nonprofit animal welfare organizations, animal shelters, and animal rescues.

OAA offers these services and resources to law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys fighting to enforce and prosecute animal neglect and abuse cases.

  • Necropsies—When a deceased animal is part of an animal cruelty, neglect, and/or abuse cases, necropsies (autopsies of animals) from the Oklahoma State Lab in Stillwater can provide legal evidence admissible in court regarding the cause of death. OAA volunteers will help transport the body to the state lab and OAA can help pay for the necropsy if local funds aren’t available.
  • On-site veterinarian—OAA works with numerous veterinarians who are ready to help with abuse/neglect cases.
  • Transport and rescue —OAA and SCPA volunteers work with a statewide network of volunteers to help transport animals to shelters and rescues. Volunteers can also transport deceased animals to the state lab for necropsies.
  • Supplies—OAA’s Unchain OK program works to reduce the number of dogs subjected to living on chains. Unchain OK volunteers use donated supplies of doghouses, food, harnesses, trolleys, fence repair materials, straw, and more to create educational opportunities to help owners and their pets. Please call OAA to request Unchain OK’s help.
  • Training – OAA coordinates with the HSUS for free CLEET-certified training for law enforcement regarding cruelty cases.

For more information please see our Fighting Cruelty page.