August 21, 2013
GALVESTON, Texas -- The Galveston Police Department has joined the newly formed National Law Enforcement Council of The Humane Society of the United States. The council brings together outstanding current and former law enforcement officers and prosecutors from across the country to assist the organization in its efforts to strengthen and better enforce laws to protect animals from illegal animal cruelty.
Members of the national council were chosen for their leadership in protecting animals from neglect, violence and other crimes. With a particular emphasis on animal cruelty, fighting and poaching laws, the council brings together the best in the law enforcement field to help combat animal crimes nationwide. Member activities may include supporting state and federal legislation that strengthens animal protection laws, promoting animal protection training opportunities for local law enforcement, and raising awareness of The HSUS’ animal crimes rewards, tip lines, and other resources.
“The Galveston Police Department is dedicated to protecting animals and fighting against animal crimes in our city” stated Chief of Police Henry S. Porretto. “We are proud to be associated with the National Law Enforcement Council of the HSUS.”
Ann Chynoweth, senior director of the animal cruelty and fighting campaign for The HSUS, said: “We are honored to join forces with the Galveston Police Department to combat animal cruelty, fighting and poaching through the National Law Enforcement Council. By fostering relationships across local, state, and federal levels of law enforcement and prosecution, we can make meaningful improvements to policies and actions that protect animals across the country.”
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The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization, is dedicated to fighting all forms of illegal animal cruelty. It works collaboratively with local law enforcement by providing expert, financial, and field assistance to combat animal fighting, hoarders, puppy mills, and other abuse and neglect situations.
The HSUS offers a reward up to a $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in dogfighting or cockfighting, acts of extreme animal cruelty, and persons operating puppy mills–commercial dog breeding operations that violate state cruelty laws.
The HSUS offers workshops designed specifically to provide support and training for law enforcement professionals on topics such as animal cruelty and animal fighting investigation and prosecution, bite prevention for law enforcement and first responders, and many others.
For more information about the Galveston Police Department Animal Services Unit, please contact Sgt. Joel Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (409) 765-3702.