Operation Kindness is developing and finalizing a memorandum of understanding with Dallas Animal Services (DAS) and Dallas Police Department (DPD) to assemble a specialty veterinary team to provide forensic veterinary services and examinations.
In response to recent news that DAS and DPD no longer had support for forensic veterinary evidence gathering for animal cruelty cases, Operation Kindness reached out to offer support and resources to create a new veterinary team to provide the necessary services. The new team will be embedded in the Dallas shelter to provide forensic examinations and necropsies for animals suspected to be victims of cruelty or neglect. As an extension of our Community Initiatives program, the team will be able to provide other veterinary services, surgeries and services to DAS animals, as needed, to increase lifesaving outcomes.
The new team will be embedded in the Dallas shelter to provide forensic examinations and necropsies for animals suspected to be victims of cruelty or neglect. In addition, the team would be able to provide other veterinary services, surgeries and services to DAS animals, as needed, to increase lifesaving outcomes.
“After hearing that Dallas animals needed forensic veterinary services, we jumped into action to put together a new team within our Community Initiatives program,” said Ed Jamison, CEO of Operation Kindness. “We knew that it was critically important to have these services available for the health and safety of pets in Dallas. When our organizations work together, we can save more lives.”
As a long-standing rescue transfer partner, Operation Kindness assists with the high volume of pets entering DAS by transferring dogs and cats into our care from the Dallas shelter. Over the past 18 months, Operation Kindness has been DAS’s #1 transfer partner, transferring more dogs and cats into our care than any other organization.
Although dogs and cats from active cruelty cases will not be housed at the Operation Kindness Carrollton shelter, the organization is still committed to remaining DAS‘s top transfer partner. This commitment helps ensure that DAS has the space and capacity to care for all Dallas animals in need.
“We appreciate that Operation Kindness came to the table in the true spirit of partnership – asking what Dallas Animal Services and Dallas Police Department needed to be successful, and then adjusting their support accordingly,” said MeLissa Webber, Director of Dallas Animal Services. “This collaboration will help ensure that DPD’s Animal Cruelty Unit has the resources they need to investigate and prosecute cruelty, while also helping DAS maximize lifesaving.”
For more details, read the Feb. 10 Dallas Morning News article online.
As more details are formalized, additional information will be shared. Please check the Operation Kindness website for the latest updates.
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Who should I report suspected cruelty to?
If you witness an animal being abused, neglected or suspect abandonment, you should reach out to municipal/government animal services in the city where the animal is located. If you’re not sure who is the appropriate agency, check with your local law enforcement agency.
In Dallas, you can call 3-1-1 or report animal cruelty online. If you believe the animal’s life is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
Can Operation Kindness investigate allegations of animal cruelty or seize animals that may be harmed?
Operation Kindness does not have the legal authority to investigate cases or seize animals from cruelty or neglect. That authority resides with the local law enforcement agency and/or municipal animal services.
Will Operation Kindness be housing any dogs or cats related to animal cruelty cases?
Operation Kindness does not have a facility to house dogs and cats while they await rescue investigation. However, once dogs and cats have been cleared for transfer to rescue partners, Operation Kindness may transfer animals from cruelty cases into our care, as space and resources allow.