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The Signs of Animal Abuse

Fifty law enforcement officers from across West Virginia will gather in Flatwoods in Braxton County Friday to learn more about recognizing the signs of animal abuse.

Members of the West Virginia Chapter of the Humane Society of the United States are staging the workshop to help law enforcement officers when it comes to animal abuse or neglect cases.

"West Virginia does not require our animal control officers be trained in this specific manner," said Summer Wyatt with the organization. "It helps them to be more confident in approaching a situation and knowing what is cruelty, what is torture, and what is a bogus call."

Wyatt says there is a specific curriculum her national organization has developed to cover a wide range of possible situations an officer might face. The subject matter deals with everything from large animal abuse to animal fighting and how to recognize signs of those activities.

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