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Cumberland County hires animal-cruelty investigator

Posted February 28, 2010

— The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has a hired its first full-time officer to investigate reports of animal cruelty.

Detective Jonathon Perkins, 30, will coordinate with a staff of civilian investigators at Cumberland Animal Services.

"The position was created to provide in-depth felony investigations and enhance public awareness about roadside puppy mills, dog and cock fighting and reports of neglect," says a release from the sheriff's office. "These crimes have become a concern for many citizens throughout the United States."

Perkins holds national certification as a animal-cruelty investigator and has worked as a sheriff's deputies for the past three years. He previously served in the U.S. Army.

The position will be paid by Animal Services.


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  • letssee Mar 1, 2010

    GREAT!!!! Have no problem with my tax money going there!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 1, 2010

    Awesome! :-)

  • daisy Mar 1, 2010

    Good, maybe he will investigate the Animal Control shelter who just covered up an outbreak of distemper in their shelter for months while they still adopted out dogs and puppies.

  • SouthernLady05 Mar 1, 2010

    Raleigh needs one!

  • St Ives Mar 1, 2010

    A step in the right direction. the next step is state inspections and registration for those who sell dogs and cats. Spay and nuter is also a good way to make sure less abused puppies are born.