Humane Department

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Toll-Free Humane Tip Line: (855) 870-8081
Emergency or Immediate Response: Call 911

The District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division along with local law enforcement agencies is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of any act of abuse and/or cruelty towards animals of any kind. In furtherance of this mission, our Criminal Investigation Division is charged with the duty to review all Humane Tip Line Complaints and assist with the investigation and prosecution of all individuals responsible for the commission of crimes against animals.

“I believe that we have a duty and a responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Animal abuse and/or cruelty should never be permitted nor tolerated within a community, and I will do all I can to hold those individuals who are responsible for crimes committed against animals.”

District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa

Persons wishing to report abuse, neglect and/or cruelty may contact the Criminal Investigation Division by calling the toll-free Humane Tip Line listed above. The Humane Tip Line is monitored Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Detectives will review all tips received, including those for large, domesticated animals and exotic pets.

If you are requiring immediate police assistance and/or you want to report an animal emergency please contact the Lawrence County Emergency Operation Center by dialing 911.

What the Criminal Investigation Division Humane Detective DOES:

The Humane Detective investigates reports of animal abuse, neglect and/or cruelty committed within Lawrence County. The Humane Detective is responsible for the issuance of animal license warnings, citations for failure to comply with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the criminal prosecution of all offenders. The Humane Detective will assist all local law enforcement agencies with animal investigations.

What the Criminal Investigation Division Humane Detective DOES NOT DO:

The Humane Detective does not respond to calls concerning lost, stray or nuisance animals, nor does the Detective respond to any matter involving pest control and/or wild animals. If your call is related to one of these concerns please contact the Lawrence County Dog Warden, the Lawrence County Game Commission and/or a private pest control service.


Toll Free Anonymous Tip Line: 855-918-6476

Toll Free Drug Tip Hotline: 855-684-6116

Toll Free Animal Abuse Hotline: 855-619-8081


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