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Local veterinarian shares animal cruelty insights


Dr. Jay Adams has been with Appalachian Animal Hospital for a short time, but he says he’s already consulted with law enforcement on a local animal cruelty case.

“When I work on these cases, I’m doing everything I can to help out the animal and help out the people involved in these cases.  I know that for me to do my best job, I’ve got to do everything in my power to stay focused,” said Dr. Jay Adams.

Dr. Adams says the frequency of cases varies and can happen five to six times a year in small and large-scale cruelty instances within Randolph County.  And oftentimes, cruelty goes unreported.

“Does the animal have access to clean water?  Do they have an adequate amount of food?  Do they have shelter, especially in our winters here in West Virginia,” continued Dr. Adams.

Adams says the best way to start helping an animal in crisis is to reach out to the owner.  He says many times pet owners may not be aware of potential cruelty or well educated about the care and comfort of an animal.

“They may not have the knowledge of how to properly take care of their animals.  They may not have the means, financially, to take care of the animals, too.”

Officials say in cruelty cases, they look for signs of neglect but are also looking for proper care techniques.  And cats and dogs are not the only animals involved in cruelty cases.  Farm animals, like cattle and horses, are sometimes mistreated by owners.

“I think the law does a really good job, not only protecting animals but from protecting people involved, as well,” said Adams.

“What this all comes down to is the human-animal bond, and though our animal friends are always the center of these cases, we can’t forget about the people involved, as well.”

The best way to report possible animal cruelty is to contact local law enforcement and the humane society.

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