The Humane Society of the United States is proud to honor Sheriff Mike Roberson with a 2020 Humane Law Enforcement Award. Sheriff Roberson and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office led a joint effort to shut down a cockfighting operation, rescuing dozens of animals from a gruesome death.

In February 2020, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence regarding allegations of a suspected animal fighting operation. On arrival, deputies located a cockfighting exhibition in progress and, after obtaining a search warrant, confiscated dozens of animals, many of whom were sick or injured.

The HSUS Humane Law Enforcement Awards are presented annually to officers who have taken an exemplary stand against animal cruelty. The HSUS works diligently nationwide to enact laws that protect all animals, and this work is most effective with the support of law enforcement.

“We are proud to present a 2020 Humane Law Enforcement Award to Sheriff Roberson,” says Gail Thomssen, North Carolina state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We are grateful to Chatham County Sheriff’s Office for their leadership combatting cockfighting, a violent crime that harms everyone in our communities, people and animals alike.”

The Humane Society of the United States is proud to collaborate with law enforcement who are making our communities safer for animals and people. To that end, we partner with officials across the country on a wide array of investigations, trainings and legislation. Our work with law enforcement officials touches upon the entire spectrum of the justice system, from sheriffs to prosecutors to offices of attorneys general.

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