Animal Welfare Forum Update
Published in January 2013 Action Magazine
During our most recent meeting, we discussed the tragedy that occurred in Kenosha with Jordan, the beautiful 4-year old chocolate lab that was shot while his owners were putting up Christmas decorations outside. We have printed a flyer thatâ€™s been posted in the neighborhood where the dog was killed asking for anyone with information about this horrific crime to contact the Kenosha Police Department Detective Bureau or Crime Stoppers. This was a senseless act of the ultimate cruelty that should never happen in our community.
On a positive note, our Kenosha Animal Welfare Forum continues to grow. We also have our Facebook page up so be sure to â€œLikeâ€ us - https://www.facebook.com/#!/KenoshaAnimalWelfareForum. We also have a group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/kenoshaanimalwelfareforum. We have a draft of the proposed changes to the City of Kenosha Ordinances posted as well as other pertinent information.
As result of our most recent meeting, several team members came up with tips on how to report animal abuse, neglect and/or abandonment in the City of Kenosha. We are working on making this into a poster, brochures/handouts that can be placed all over town in an effort to educate the public.
How to Report Animal Abuse/Neglect/Abandonment in the City of Kenosha
Â· Call police non-emergency at (262) 656-1234 â€“ you can remain anonymous.
Â· A CSO (Community Service Officer) will be dispatched to the scene to assess the situation. Keep in mind that there are a limited number of CSOâ€™s and the response time may vary depending on whether there are human emergencies that require their assistance as these take priority, so please be patient.
Helpful Hints for Reporting
Â· Write down what you have witnessed with date(s) and time(s).
Â· If possible, take pictures/videos and date them.
Â· If there are other witnesses, get short factual statements.
Â· Document your call when placed and the outcome of discussion.
Â· Make copies of all your documents.
Â· When reporting to officials, state you are determined to see the case through and will help in any way.
Â· FOLLOW UP! If you are not satisfied with the outcome, be persistent. CALL AGAIN!
Â· Try to recruit expert witnesses (such as a local veterinarian) to support what animal abuse/neglect consists of and the effects it has on the animal.
We are taking steps each meeting towards better protecting the innocent animals in our community who have no voice.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. â€“ Margaret Mead
Shannon Adamczyk, Office Manager
Kenosha Animal Hospital