Target: Steffen Baldwin, executive director of the Union County Humane Society
Goal: Thank Ohio humane agent Steffen Baldwin for improving response to animal abuse and neglect
The director of a humane society in western Ohio has created an animal cruelty task force to help deal with the overwhelming animal cruelty problem in the state. Agents will be trained to investigate animal cruelty claims that investigators are too busy to deal with. This is the first organization of its kind, independently created and managed, and deserves our gratitude.
Steffen Baldwin, executive director of the Union County Humane Society in Western Ohio, established the task force in an attempt to relieve overburdened humane societies throughout the state respond to more claims of abuse and neglect. The nonprofit task force seeks to recruit humane society agents who have time for additional investigations and who also have the resources to care for the animals they seize. Baldwin is currently trying to raise $120,000 for their 2014 budget, which will be used to pay to train and pay agents, at no cost to any local humane society.
Humane Societies in Champaign and Hardin counties have already signed contracts. Perhaps the most significant reason for Baldwin’s task force, and why Ohio agents are so overwhelmed, is that Ohio law does not require that each county have a humane agent, therefore, many agents throughout the state are responding to calls from several neighboring counties. Despite the fact that Champaign County has a humane society, for instance, it hasn’t had a humane agent for years, which means it cannot investigate abuse. More than a dozen counties in Ohio do not have an agent.
Baldwin actually plans on resigning from his position of executive director by the end of the year to devote his time to the task force and ensure its success. Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank him for his incredible effort to make sure the animals of Ohio have the protection they deserve. This is a wonderful case of someone taking it upon himself to do what legislation wouldn’t and do what’s right.
Dear Steffen Baldwin,
You recently established an animal cruelty task force in Ohio dedicated to easing the burden on overwhelmed humane agents and also to increase responses to cruelty and neglect throughout the state. Not only is this the first successful organization of its kind, it is also a nonprofit and will cause no financial hardship for any humane society that participates.
Thank you so much for going to such great lengths to ensure that animals throughout Ohio are given the protection they deserve. I sincerely hope that your mission is successful and humane agents in other states begin to take it upon themselves to do what the legislators and governments won’t.
[Your Name Here]
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