Partnership with The Humane Society of the United States
We are proud to work with The Humane Society of the United States because of their expertise on illegal animal cruelty and fighting and frequent collaboration with law enforcement in pursuing those crimes. The HSUS has provided free training to tens of thousands of law enforcement officials across the country on how to investigate illegal animal cruelty and its connection with crimes against people.
The organization is also a resource for law enforcement when they are confronted with a significant case of cruelty or fighting in their community. The HSUS has provided investigative assistance and the care of thousands of animals seized from large scale animal hoarders, illegal puppy mills and animal fighting operations.
In 2014, The HSUS:
- Provided assistance to law enforcement on hundreds of cases involving extreme neglect, illegal puppy mills, animal fighting operations, hoarders, and other crimes
- Spent more than a million dollars caring for animals seized from illegal cruelty and fighting while the criminal cases against their abusers were prosecuted
- Provided free training to 1400 law enforcement officers, representing more than 400 agencies across the country
- Worked with law enforcement on numerous animal fighting cases – resulting in 81 convictions.
The HSUS worked with the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department in Mississippi last year to rescue more than 170 dogs from a deplorable puppy mill situation. Recently, the four defendants in that case pleaded guilty to animal abuse charges.
Moreover, there is a strong connection between animal cruelty and crimes against people. In the majority of the animal fighting cases that The HSUS works with law enforcement on, illegal drugs and firearms are frequently uncovered. In animal cruelty cases they often find domestic violence or child neglect issues.
Testimonials from Law Enforcement
I would like this opportunity to express my appreciation for the valuable assistance that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) provided my department during the recent turn of events involving the “SIN CITY KENNELS” in Sevier County. The ending results were the arrest of 3 individuals and the seizure (rescue) of 53 dogs. As you know the kennel was very infamous in the training of these animals for the purpose of dog fighting.” - Sheriff Ron Seals of Sevier County
“There is no way that we could have undertaken an investigation of this magnitude without the help of the HSUS. They brought in personnel and resources that we didn’t have access to, and their assistance was a tremendous help to us in this case.” – Andy Hughes, Houston County AL Sheriff
Sheriff Dave Lucas of Belmont County, Ohio presented plaques of commendation to the Humane Society of the United States for their involvement in a massive animal hoarding case. "I mean it's unbelievable the hours, the work and the volunteers and also the money and resources they've put into this," the sheriff noted.
“In the end, [HSUS’s] expertise and hard work paid off with what many believe to be the largest dogfighting bust in the history of the United States.” – Sacramento County Sheriff Scott R. Jones
I would like to share with my fellow law enforcement brothers and sisters the wonderful and enlightening experience I had assisting The United Stated Humane Society during the rescue of approximately 75 dogs and 30 cats. I feel as law enforcement officers we look at crime that mostly involves people, but animal cruelty is a crime that is overlooked everyday simply because they are animals. This is a silent and deadly crime because an animal has no voice no tell you of what is being done to them and only by taking that look can you see the whole picture. Animal cruelty is still a heinous crime that deserves our upmost attention as any other crime that involves people. The people of the United States Humane Society are some of the most dedicated individuals to their jobs I have ever met in my 28 year career. They put themselves in great peril to do a job that most would never even consider. My fellow Officers I would ask each one of you to take that second look at an animal complaint and give it the attention it deserves and knowing that you’re doing the right thing. - Chief Robert Alcon, Mayflower Police Department, Arkansas