FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EDMONTON HUMANE SOCIETY SUPPORTS EPS’ ANNOUNCEMENT OF ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATION UNIT
EDMONTON, AB (November 23, 2021) – The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) is thrilled to learn today that the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has launched an Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit.
EHS wholeheartedly supports the move by EPS to have a dedicated unit for investigating concerns of animal cruelty. Animal abuse persists in our community, and we see first-hand in our work caring for animals the unfortunate lasting effects that it can have on the those involved. It is critical that these cases be attended to by law enforcement professionals both for the protection of animals as well as people. The evidence of the violence link between harm towards animals and people is undeniable, and with focused, timely attention on these cases by EPS the lives of both animals and people will be saved.
We are proud to be in a community with a police service that recognizes the importance of the violence link and applaud EPS for their steps to address it with this new investigation unit. We look forward to continuing working with Const. Ilka Cunningham, Const. Ted Dyck, the newly formed ACIU team, as well as our partners at the City of Edmonton’s Animal Care & Control Centre to provide our services in whatever way we can to help with these cases, ensuring the welfare of animals in our community is protected.
To read the original news release from Edmonton Police Service, click here.
Concerns regarding animals within the City of Edmonton for animals who may intentionally being harmed should be reported to the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567, #377 from mobile, or 911 (in an emergency). Concerns for cases of neglect, including inadequate food, water, veterinary care, or shelter, should be reported to the City of Edmonton’s Animal Care & Control Centre by calling 311. To learn more about where to report concerns for animal safety, visit here.