During the course of a normal day at the Lawrence CountyÂ Sheriffâ€™s Office, deputies deal with a variety of calls and concerns includingÂ those concerning farm animals.
According to Sheriff Dotson, Deputies routinely get calls of cattleÂ or horses in the highway, most of these calls are handled quickly with theÂ assistance of the animals owners. A log of farm animal owners is kept in theÂ Lawrence County Dispatch Office so that the animal owners can be contacted inÂ the event of loose livestock. Sheriff Dotson urges farm animal owners to keepÂ their information current and updated.
Another area of concern according to Sheriff Dotson is callsÂ concerning animals that are being mistreated or malnourished.Â Sheriffâ€™sÂ Deputies receive these calls and give extra effort towards resolving theseÂ matters. In recent months, the Sheriffâ€™s Office has cited negligent owners intoÂ court and even had animals removed and placed in the care of animal rescueÂ officials. Other incidents include owners having to move animals to betterÂ grazing areas with more space for the animals to roam.
One area of concern is horses, horses can be very expensive andÂ require large areas to graze. According to Sheriff Dotson, areas of less thanÂ one acre have been found to house as many as 4 or 5 horses. Animals found inÂ these types of situation are often starved, have little or no water and noÂ natural vegetation to eat. The department has even dealt with incidentsÂ involving the deaths of horses.
Animal Cruelty charges carry hefty fines which can includeÂ imprisonment.
For more information on the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Office, visitÂ www.
lawrencecountysheriffsoffice. com .