Local law enforcement receives training for animal cruelty cases

N. 7th Street animal cruelty

WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It is a serious offense that happens all too often. That offense is animal cruelty, and in West Terre Haute, it is something law enforcement encounters daily.

The West Terre Haute Police Department, along with Vigo County Animal Control, are taking action to combat this issue.

Animal Control met with officers at the police department today for an in-service training session. From how to handle aggressive animals to just education on how to respond to animal calls, this training gives officers an advantage on how to effectively handle these situations.

“This is something we have not been trained in,” says Scott Melton, police chief, “It’s something where we get called to these situations all the time, but we do not have the proper training or education to deal with them”.

All officers for the West Terre Haute Police Department were present for the session.

Chief Melton says this training is not required by the state.

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