- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
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