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Archive for Monday, July 13, 1998

VE CONTACTED THE HUMANE SOCIETY SEVERAL TIMES, BUT NOTHING HAS CHANGED. DOES THE DOG HAVE TO DIE BEFORE THE HUMANE SOCIETY CAN DO ANYTHING?

July 13, 1998

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No. Humane Society employees receive between 50 and 80 reports of animal cruelty each month, and investigate each report. Humane Society Director Midge Grinstead said some calls take three or four visits, and employees try to contact the owner of the animal in each case.

``When we go out on a complaint, we check for what the state considers to be cruelty or neglect,'' she said.

Cruelty laws require animals to have potable water, shelter, and a clean environment. If the animal is emaciated or wounded, the Humane Society investigates. Employees are not allowed to enter a person's property without permission, Grinstead said. Unless there is no water when employees check the dog, there is no violation because it's not illegal to chain a dog in a yard.

``If an animal has food and water and shelter when we go there, there's not much we can do,'' Grinstead said.

The Humane Society takes in about 6,000 animals a year.

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