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Paws & Reflect by Maui Humane Society

April 21, 2011 - Mark Vieth

You have probably seen officers from Maui Humane Society’s Field Operations Department on the road — the white vehicles with the cages are a familiar sight on Maui.

Each of our officers respond to many calls per day, ranging from reports of animal abuse, dog bites, stray, injured or trapped animals and much, much more. MHS Field Operations officers serve on the “front lines” of animal welfare on Maui, responding to crises and emergencies, and often dealing with both animals AND people who are upset, frightened, or aggressive. Often, these officers are criticized by members of the public who are well-meaning but simply don’t understand the history or complexity, the appropriate actions, or the legal aspects of a case.

Our Field Operations officers undergo intensive national training from the Law Enforcement Training Institute under the University of Missouri. National Cruelty Investigation training, part of the above program, consists of three levels, each requiring approximately 40 hours of training. Completion of all three levels is a tremendous accomplishment, often taking years to achieve.

Last week, MHS’ Director of Field Operations, Officer Martin Davis, completed his third level, earning his certification as a Cruelty Investigator, a highly respected designation in the Animal Welfare field. Three other MHS officers have completed two levels of training, another great achievement. We are proud of these dedicated staff members. Next time you see one of our officers in the community, please take a moment to thank them for the critical — and difficult — job they do. And if you ever believe an animal is being mistreated, call MHS at 877-3680, extension 29. The “white truck” will be on the road to help.

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