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October 25, 2010

Law Enforcement Officials Honored

Heroes in fighting animal abuse

WASHINGTON — The Humane Society of the United States honored law enforcement officials from across the country at the 2010 Humane Law Enforcement Awards ceremony, which took place in Washington, DC, on Oct. 22. The 4th annual awards ceremony recognized law enforcement officials who made meaningful progress against animal abuse -- rescuing animals from harm and vigorously enforcing laws designed to protect them.

In addition, two Humane Recognition Awards were given to citizens making a unique difference for animals, including a 14-year-old whose work stands as a model for teens everywhere.

The awards ceremony, in partnership with the National Fraternal Order of Police, featured remarks from Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO for The HSUS, and a very special appearance of several dogs rescued by The HSUS.

“We are proud to recognize these inspirational law enforcement officials and citizens who are on the front lines of rescuing animals from abuse and despair,” said Pacelle. “Laws to protect animals from abuse are meaningless without the strong support of law enforcement.”

2010 award recipients are as follows:

Humane Law Enforcement Awards

  • White County Tennessee Sheriff Oddie Shoupe for his dedication in upholding a ‘no tolerance’ policy on animal cruelty in his rural Tennessee community. Thanks to Shoupe, more than 500 dogs were rescued from horrendous conditions after his investigation of two puppy mills in 18 months.
  • Larry Rollins, Director and John Bolin, Officer at the Division of Gaming Control Indiana Gaming Commission for their efforts in busting two large animal fighting rings in Indiana. During the course of one year, Rollins and Bolin successfully rescued 100 pit bulls from the state’s largest dogfighting raid in history and saved nearly 200 hens from an international cockfighting breeding facility.
  • Wayne County West Virginia Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gary Michels for the rescue of 50 horses and 50 dogs from a decade of neglect and cruelty in a West Virginia town. He successfully prosecuted the owner on three counts of animal cruelty and prevented him from owning animals into the future.
  • Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for the passage of landmark felony cockfighting and cruelty legislation in his state. In addition, he pledged $250,000 to train law enforcement officers in Arkansas in animal cruelty investigations.

Humane Recognition Awards

  • Claire Mason, DVM for her assistance in treating 50 horses in a West Virginia cruelty case. She was also instrumental in working with local families to place many of the horses into new homes.
  • Terrence Murphy for his advocacy work against dogfighting in Chicago. This inspiring 14-year-old and his pit bull terrier, Elmo, have achieved their AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification and regularly visit schools for anti-dogfighting presentations.

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