It hurts to look at Dora the horse, impounded, the
Department of Agriculture officials say, by an unfit
owner. She's being used as an example for local law
enforcement and animal control officers. The
Department of Ag and Georgia Equine Rescue League
are teaming up to teach first responders what to
look for. Jutting ribs, open sores like Dora has.
"Counties have the teeth for prosecution that the state does not
have," explains Patty Livingston, Georgia Equine Rescue
League President. "So if we work together, we can do more
for prosecuting, since you can't fix it with rescue today."
She and representatives from local agencies are meeting in
Cobb County, where a new animal cruelty investigator
position was just created. "We see cruelty, fighting,
neglect cases," says Detective Steve Hammond. Sometimes,
police say, the cases show a troubling pattern of behavior
extending beyond the animal: "It generally leads to
other crimes. Elder abuse, child abuse, domestic abuse."
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