This week, a class will be held in Sumiton to teach local police how to recognize, collect evidence and prosecute animal cruelty cases.
The class is open to law enforcement in the area including Jefferson and Shelby counties.
The continuing education class will be held this Thursday at Bevill State Community College on State Street in Sumiton from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Assistant Sumiton Police Chief, Scott Karr, said someone from the Humane Society of the United States will teach the class.
He said the class is needed, especially following an animal cruelty case that is currently under investigation in the city.
You may remember, back in June, almost 150 dogs and cats were removed from Nonnie's Angels in Sumiton.
Investigators said they received several complaints about the conditions animals were living in at the rescue.
Police said cats and dogs that were inside the building had no air, and many suffered from mites, fleas, and skin conditions.
The incident is still under investigation as an animal cruelty case.
"When we first arrived on the scene, we had so many questions," said Karr. "What do we do with the animals? We can't take them home. Where do we take them?"
Veterinarian Rachel Nelson in Trussville graciously took the animals and cared for them, according to Karr.
He said animal cruelty isn't covered in police academy and the laws concerning the issue constantly change.
"This continuing education class is critically important," said Karr. "This is an area where we need more education so that we can recognize the cases and prosecute them. We want to protect the animals."
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