Face to face encounters with wildlife crime and animal cruelty yesterday (Thursday, 6 June) made Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles all the more determined to put a stop to those who mistreat animals.
After spending a day in the Chesterfield area with wildlife crime officer PC Steve O’Callaghan and RSPCA Insp Dave McAdam the Commissioner said: “I saw first hand the horrifying way that some people treat animals and will do all I can to support the work that our police are doing with the RSPCA to bring those responsible before the courts.”
His fact-finding mission included details of how one dog had been starved to death, with the owner now facing prosecution. He was shown two dogs, kept in filthy conditions, which could be removed from their owners. And he heard how a woman subject to a life ban on keeping animals was given a warning after her son left his dog unattended at her house.
The Commissioner commented: “We are fortunate in having a great team at Chesterfield RSPCA working closely with the police. The work they do is quite harrowing as they come across terrible incidents like these every day.”
Mr Charles signed up to the RSPCA’s animal welfare manifesto before he was elected last November. Since then, he has stated in his Police and Crime Plan that one of his objectives is to tackle wildlife crime and cruelty towards animals, working with the RSPCA in developing effective preventions strategies.
During his tour of Chesterfield RSPCA he was also given examples of how people who mistreat animals are often involved in other types of criminality. “This means that the partnership working that exists between the RSPCA and Derbyshire Constabulary is doubly valuable to our communities,” he said.
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Posted on Friday 7th June 2013