Lincolnton, GEORGIA —The Humane Society of the United States is proud to honor the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with a Humane Law Enforcement Award for their steadfast commitment to animal protection. In December 2019, LCSO pursued a cockfighting investigation that lead to felony charges against several dozen individuals.  

Illegal cockfighting remains prevalent in Georgia. On June 22, federal prosecutors shut down a cockfighting event in Midville, resulting in pending charges against 178 individuals and the seizure of nearly 800 roosters, cockfighting paraphernalia, tens of thousands of dollars in gambling proceeds, firearms and illegal drugs. Cases such as this one highlight the need for lawmakers to take swift action to implement a strong state law to prohibit this egregious form of animal cruelty. In most large-scale cockfighting cases, Georgia law enforcement is heavily reliant on federal agencies and the federal law if they intend to take meaningful action since Georgia is the only state without an explicit state law addressing cockfighting.

The Humane Society of the United States is fortunate to work with law enforcement officers who have dedicated their lives to making our communities safer. To that end, we partner with law enforcement 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 Attorney Generals’ offices.

The recipients of the 2019 Humane Law Enforcement Awards include officers who have taken an exemplary stand against animal cruelty. The Humane Society of the United States works diligently to enact laws that protect all animals, and this work is meaningful only with the support of law enforcement.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was presented their award in a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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