The Humane Society of the United States is proud to honor Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Emergency Management and Jefferson County Animal Control with 2021 Humane Law Enforcement Awards. Together, these agencies implemented several animal protection policies and programs designed around community safety and keeping pets with their people.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Emergency Management and Jefferson County Animal Control worked to:
- Create a pet food bank for pet owners seeking support throughout the pandemic.
- Increase adoption rates by establishing new partnerships with local rescue groups.
- Develop a disaster planning guide for companion animals.
- Establish a trap-neuter-return program for community cats.
- Ensure officers are trained in animal cruelty investigations.
The HSUS Humane Law Enforcement Awards are presented annually to officers and agencies that have taken an exemplary stand in support of animal protection. 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 Humane Law Enforcement Awards to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Jefferson County Animal Control,” says Kate MacFall, Florida state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “With limited resources and a whole lot of compassion and hard work, these agencies have prioritized animal welfare as a means of keeping everyone in the community safe, people and pets alike.”
The Humane Society of the United States is proud to collaborate with law enforcement agencies that are focused on 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.
- Erica Heffner