LOGAN, W.Va. — Representatives of the Humane Society of the United States and Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue gathered in Logan Thursday, December 2 to thank honor law enforcement, the prosecutor’s office and dog wardens in Logan County.
Heather Severt, director of the Human Society of the United States in West Virginia explained, “So many law enforcement officials in Logan County have exhibited acts of great compassion towards animals since I came on board…Those great acts give us all hope the that protection for animals here will only continue to improve in the coming months and years.”
Dog warden Jerry Browning and Todd Gowdy, and John Bennett with the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office were among those honored along with sheriff Sonya Dingess Porter, lieutenant Michael Southern, lieutenant Brian Cobb and sergeant Mathew Carter.
Severt recalled a recent case of animal cruelty against a horse where Lieutenant Southerland, of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, voluntarily transported the horse’s corpse to a facility in Virginia for a forensic necropsy.
Another horse, which was rehabilitated, gained 500 pounds to make it to a healthy weight.
Speaking directly to law enforcement in the room, Tinia Creamer, with the Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue said, “We really appreciate when a county goes above and beyond. Working in the entire state of West Virginia for many years…I can tell you it was above and beyond. I really appreciated that in these cases you all acted so diligently and quickly. Responding and taking it seriously is so important. I’ve done this hundreds of times, everything you all did certainly stood out to me.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]