animal abuse

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An 18-year veteran of the Syracuse Police force was honored Tuesday for her dedication to keeping animals safe in the community.   The recognition came one day after the sheriff announced an animal abuser registry.

The Humane Society of the United States bestowed its Humane Law Enforcement award upon Officer Rebecca Thompson for her compassion and for enforcing animal cruelty laws.  She says she’s always taken notice of pets while on the job.

Jason Chen / WAER News

Onondaga County is taking steps to reduce animal abuse in Central New York. Sheriff Eugene Conway today announced that his office would create and host an animal abuser registry to prevent animals from falling into the hands of abusers.

“Animal cruelty is a serious problem, and while New York has criminalized the cruel treatment of animals, animal abuse and cruelty continues to occur here in Onondaga County and elsewhere.”