|From Parker County Daily Post, by Matthew J. Sanchez, 02/27/15 –|
Animals have long been a subject of admiration as well as a source of companionship. In the case of domesticated animals, their wild ancestors were removed from their natural habitats and bred over the millennia to suit people’s needs and wants. Over that time period, these animals have lost their ability to survive and have come to rely almost solely on people for survival. With that has come a vulnerability which people, unfortunately, have either taken advantage of or neglected to take into account.
For that reason Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler has stepped up to make sure that not only are people given the rights they deserve, but also animals, who have no capacity to speak on their own behalf. Today, The Humane Society of the United States and the National Sheriffs’ Association will present a 2014 Humane Law Enforcement Award to Fowler for his vigorous efforts to pursue animal cruelty cases.
In 2010, the Parker County Sheriff’s Department worked with The HSUS to seize 118 birds from a large-scale cockfighting pit, resulting in nearly 200 arrests. In his second collaboration with the HSUS in June 2014, Sheriff Fowler’s work led to criminal animal cruelty charges after someone shot a dog.
The award will ceremoniously be presented to Fowler by Katie Jarl, Texas director for The HSUS, at 10 a.m. at the Parker County Sheriff’s Office in Weatherford.
“The Humane Society of the United States celebrates the work of law enforcement to crack down on animal fighting, puppy mills, the illegal wildlife trade, poaching, and other forms of cruelty and abuse,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.
Only five of these awards were given out across the country this year according to the Parker County Sheriff’s office. Fowler expressed his gratitude at having been recognized for his and the sheriff’s office’s efforts to combat animal abuse.
“That is very gratifying helping out the animals of Parker County. I am totally humbled by being honored as a recipient of this award,” said Fowler. “The sad part of the situation is that we don’t have an animal problem. We have a people problem and unfortunately we are left to deal with it and we will continue to deal with it.”