Local law enforcement officers receive training from Humane Society

Law enforcement officers learn how to investigate and handle animal cruelty cases.

In an effort to combat animal cruelty in Green Country, dozens of law enforcement officers spent today training with experts.

"Oklahoma is ranked number in terms of the number of puppy mills in the nation," said Brosan, Manager of strategic campaigns and special projects for the Humane Society of the United States.

Brosan spent all day Thursday teaching law enforcement officers about how to investigate and handle puppy mills, dog fighting and animal cruelty cases.

"We do everything. From what to look for, how to collect the evidence how to prepare for a court case, how to interpret animal laws," Brosan said.

Sergeant Kenneth Yount with the Owasso Police Department was among those who gathered at the Northeast Technology Center in Pryor for the free training.

"I thought it was something interesting that I could use more training on. I am the animal control supervisor for Owasso and I have actually been trying to improve my expertise in that area," Sgt. Yount said.

Sgt. Yount and all other attendees will leave here with resources including an evidence kit worth $500.

"It comes with everything from a digital camera, batteries, hand sanitizer, gloves, different marking and labeling implements so it really covers the gamut of what they need for a case like that

In addition, Brosan hopes officers walk away understanding the link between animal cruelty and human violence.

"In today's policing you really need to focus on the fact that if an animal is being injured more than likely if it is a family pet the people in the house are being injured as well," Brosan said.

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