On Tuesday, a new animal cruelty ordinance was passed by Madison County commissioners. The new ordinance, which went into effect immediately, will allow Madison County Sheriff's Department officers to issue citations and impose fines whenever they encounter animal cruelty, abuse, neglect or abandonment within Madison County, Ind.
“The Madison County animal cruelty ordinances have not been addressed since the late 1970's. This is a huge step forward for the animals of Madison County. The issue of animal abuse is finally after much struggle being taken seriously.”
The Animal Protection League knows a lot about animal cruelty cases. In April, Maleah Stringer, its executive director, was present at a farm in Madison County where hundreds of animals were found dead.
Just recently, two emaciated dogs were brought to the APL by the Anderson Police Department. The brown dog in the photo above, according to the APL “has been so long without food that she will not eat at all.”
Both dogs are currently receiving veterinary care.
“I wonder how many people looked at these two starving, pitiful dogs and turned their heads?” Stringer asked. “Well, we are not turning our heads; we with the help of Devonshire (Veterinary Clinic) are going to try and save them.”
The Animal Protection League is accepting donations to help with the vet bills for the dogs. They will also need good homes once they are evaluated and determined to be healthy. To donate online, click here, or send checks to APL, 613 Dewey Street, Anderson, Ind. 46011.
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