Humane Operations:

The Ohio Revised Code states that Humane Officers are appointed and employed be the county humane society. The JCHS Humane Officers are state trained; their appointments by the Humane Society are court certified and they are professional law enforcement with police powers. The goal of the Humane Officer is to make life better for the animals that need help, whether it is owner education or seizure of the animal.

Humane Officers are responsible for investigating animal abuse or neglect cases that have been reported by other law enforcement agencies or reported by concerned citizens. They investigate abuse or neglect reports on all species of animals to insure the animals involved are cared for properly according to the laws of the State of Ohio.

We are very proud of our Humane Officers and are pleased to say Jefferson County has a very effective Humane Operations Department. Animals have no voice to tell of their pain and suffering, please be that voice for the animals. If you suspect that someone is abusing, neglecting or has abandoned their pets, please contact us at 740-314-5583.   Reports of animal abuse or neglect are treated as confidential.

Here are some other signs and symptoms that we see in many of the cases we investigate:

  • Tick and flea infestations. Such a condition, if left untreated by a veterinarian, can lead to an animal’s death.
  • Wounds on the body.
  • Patches of missing hair.
  • Limping.
  • An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
  • Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in the yard.
  • Dogs who have been hit by cars or are showing any signs listed above- and have not been to a veterinarian.
  • Dogs who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.
  • Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners.

Please make the call. Without phone calls from concerned citizens who report cruelty in their neighborhoods, we wouldn’t know about most instances of animal abuse. It starts with YOU — that’s why it’s so important to be that voice for a helpless animal.

Provide as much information as possible when reporting animal cruelty. The details that you provide can go a long way toward assisting an investigating officer. It helps to write down the type of cruelty you witnessed, who was involved, the date of the incident and where it took place.



What is the difference between the Dog Warden and the Humane Officer?  

The Dog Warden is employed by the county and answers to the County Commissioners. He/She is responsible for the licensing of the dogs and for dogs running at large. This is a full time job and the county provides him/her with a vehicle to drive to pick up dogs.

The Humane Officer is employed by the Humane Society, appointed by the probate court to investigate complaints of abuse, abandonment and neglect. He/She answers to the Humane Society Board of Directors and the position is a part time job. He/She drives their own person vehicle and get paid mileage.  




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