- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)5
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)2
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)33
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)12
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
- Cape police warn of 'Grandparent Scam' (12/4/16)
Report abuse to proper authorities
To the editor:
A recent Speak Out caller said he had contacted local animal shelters with complaints about animal abuse and animals at large but there appeared to be no response and the situation persisted.
At the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, we share this reader's concern for animal welfare. The humane society, however, is a not-for-profit organization. It has no powers to enforce the law. Reports of animal abuse and neglect and animals at large should be directed to local government agencies with authority to investigate abuse and neglect and to enforce animal control.
Here is contact information: Cape Girardeau Police Department, 335-6621. Jackson Police Department, 243-3151. Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department, 243-3551. Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, 335-7846. Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney, 243-2430.
It has been our experience that our local agencies take animal-related complaints seriously. By reporting cases of abuse and neglect to the proper authorities, the situation can be remedied.
DAVID J. ROTH, President, Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau