Animal Cruelty in Wayne County
Animal cruelty cases in Wayne County have been well publicized lately. Increased awareness and the rise of people reporting the crime are attributed to this trend. Wayne County has three part time animal cruelty investigators with a total working budget of approximately $28,000 through the District Attorney's Office. The Animal Cruelty Investigators have become a vital link in helping animals and prosecuting the offenders.
The Humane Society does not investigate animal cruelty complaints; however, we almost always handle the animals that are seized. The exception is large animals, which are taken to Cracker Box Palace or Lollypop Farm.
What can I do to Crack Down on Animal Cruelty in Wayne County?
- Be aware: without phone calls from the concerned citizens who report animal cruelty, no one would know about most instances of animal abuse. It all starts with YOU- that's why it is so important to keep your eyes and ears open. By being aware, you are more likely to notice things.
- Learn to recognize animal cruelty: some signs and symptoms that are seen in a cruelty investigation: tick or flea infestation, wounds on the body, patches of missing hair, extremely thin or starving, limping, an owner striking or physically abusing an animal, dogs who are chained up in a yard and repeatedly left without food and water, dogs that are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.
- Know whom to call to report animal cruelty: In Wayne County the investigators have assigned territories. You can call the shelter and we can give you that information; it is also posted on our website. The county 911 center can also direct you to the appropriate investigator.
- Provide as much information as possible: The more details you can provide will go a long way toward assisting the investigating officer.
- Fight for the passage of strong anti-cruelty laws on federal, state and local levels: Nothing is more frustrating to a cruelty investigator than building a case against someone who has been arrested for animal cruelty and then in court the case is treated as a simple violation.
- Set a good example for others: If you have pets, be sure to always show them the love and good care that they deserve. But it's more than just food, water and adequate shelter. If you think your animal is sick, take him or her to the veterinarian. Be responsible and have your animals spayed or neutered.
- Talk to your kids about how to treat animals with kindness and respect: help children understand that animals are living creatures who have the ability to feel pain, joy and sadness.
- Support your local shelter: volunteer at a humane society, it is a great way to make a difference. There are many other ways to help, just give a call.
Wayne County has made great strides to alleviate the suffering of abused animals. It is up to all of us to continue to be aware and report possible cases of abuse.