Prosecutor to address humane society

Published 10:23 pm Friday, December 4, 2015

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Susan Walton will speak on laws that protect animals at the next Suffolk Humane Society meeting.

The organization meets at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Magnolia Ruritan Club, 1029 Nansemond Parkway. The public is invited to attend.

As part of her presentation, Walton will define the legal differences between abuse and cruelty. She prosecutes animal abuse, neglect and cruelty cases in the city.


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It’s important for people to be aware of exactly what constitutes animal cruelty, said SHS executive director Eileen Gizara.

“It brings awareness and attention to an important issue,” said Gizara. “Sometimes it (animal abuse) is obvious, but at other times, people may see it … and not even realize what’s happening.

“Part of our mandate is educating people about the humane treatment of animals, especially companion animals. An informed public is better able to recognize and help stop and prevent it.”

Common examples might include dogs living outside 24 hours a day without proper shelter, or a hoarding situation, when a caregiver’s situation with animals may have grown out of control, Gizara said.

Call the Suffolk Humane Society for more information, 538-3030.