Animal Cruelty Investigator

Investigate and save animals in abusive situations.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Animal Cruelty Investigators do?

As an Animal Cruelty Investigator, you find and punish bad pet parents. Unfortunately, pet parents are just like real parents: Although there are many good ones who give animals healthy, loving homes, there are also many bad ones who are either unwilling or unable to give animals the care they deserve. This is where Animal Cruelty Investigators come in.

Employed by cities, states, law enforcement agencies, animal shelters, and humane societies, you’re a Detective who serves as a savior for animals that are neglected, diseased, abused, injured, or living in unhealthy conditions, as well as animals that are abandoned, unattended, or dangerous, including dogs, cats, livestock, horses, birds, rabbits, reptiles, and rodents.

To that end, a typical day for an Animal Cruelty Investigator is spent receiving and responding to animal cruelty complaints from concerned citizens, which involves: investigating cruelty claims; interviewing witnesses; interrogating suspects; obtaining search and seizure warrants; documenting animals’ living conditions; capturing and removing stray or abused animals from homes; transporting seized animals to shelters and veterinary offices; organizing the adoption of unclaimed animals; euthanizing rabid or suffering animals; educating the public about animal welfare; and collaborating with law enforcement to arrest and convict people who violate animal welfare laws.

More than an animal lover, you’re an animal crusader, serving and protecting those that bark, meow, hiss, oink, neigh, chirp, squeak, and caw!


Should I be an Animal Cruelty Investigator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Animal Humane Agent Supervisor, Animal Treatment Investigator, Supervisor, Animal Cruelty Investigation

    How to Become an
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