Since the Dog
Breeders and Sellers Law went into effect in 2011, the Wisconsin Department of
Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) had been working tirelessly
inspecting and licensing dog sellers, as well as conducting follow-up
inspections and investigating complaints. YOUR help is needed, though: if you
have reason to suspect that any unlicensed breeder is selling more than 25 dogs
a year, or are concerned about the conditions in which a breeder/ seller/
shelter/ stray hold facility is keeping dogs,
PLEASE use DATCP's form for filing a complaint!
complaints will be investigated. With the public's help, DATCP has been able to
prosecute at least one notorious "scofflaw" breeder who went
"underground" to avoid upgrading her facilities in compliance with
the Dog Breeders and Sellers Law.
Please click here or use the link below to go to the form
on the DATCP website. You have the option of remaining anonymous; however, if
you do not fill in your name, address, email, and/or phone number, DATCP will
not be able to contact you for more information about the complaint. If you
include your email address, you will receive an email confirmation of your
complaint with information on how to check the status of the complaint online.
It is VITAL
that you give as much information as you can. Please fill in business name,
business contact info, business address, phone number, website URL, etc. in the
fields provided. There is also a large box for information about the complaint:
give a concise, factual statement, with as much detail as possible, providing
dates, times, locations, contacts with the business -- phone numbers, email,
texts etc. If you aren't able to supply an address, include as much information
about where this person/business is located as you can. Remember, DATCP can't
investigate if inspectors don't know where to find the business!
And -- if you
are reporting an ad on Craig's List or Facebook, PLEASE remember that these ads
are only online for a limited time and may be impossible for an investigator to
find, so get a "screen shot" or otherwise capture internet
information if at all possible. Any documentation you can provide will be
Form web page also lists a current telephone number for those who prefer
lodging a complaint by phone.
DATCP Dog Seller and Dog Facility Operator Complaint Form
DATCP Dog Sellers and Dog Facility Operators License
This form and complaint process are intended for investigation of dog breeders/
sellers and other Act 90 licencees only. If you have witnessed animal cruelty
in general and wish to report it, please see our Reporting Animal Abuse
Reporting Animal Abuse