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Caring for All Animals

Caring for All Animals

Protecting animals and working with our community to prevent cruelty is what our dedicated field services team does day in and day out, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We believe that every animal matters—regardless of breed, size, age, or any other factor. Recently, one case surrounding one small reptile proved just that.  

In December, our Animal Care & Control Officers were assisting Metropolitan Police Department Officers with a search warrant at the home of Darnell Jones, 34, in Washington, DC, when they came across a snake. The snake was extremely underweight and appeared to be having difficulty shedding her skin which is indicative of significant husbandry and care issues. The subsequent investigation by Humane Law Enforcement Officer Michael Triebwasser revealed that the snake had been underweight for seven months and had never at any point during that time been taken to a veterinarian for proper care.

MPD Awarded Grant from the Department of Justice to Hire Veterans as Police Officers


From Gwendolyn Crump: The Metropolitan Police Department will be awarded funds from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to hire veterans as police officers, as part of President Obama’s Veterans Job Corps initiative.

“The Metropolitan Police Department is pleased to be the recipient of a COPS Hiring Program award which allows us not only to put five additional officers on the street, but also to support the brave men and women who serve in the military,” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. 

Persons of Interest Sought in Thefts from Autos


From Gwendolyn Crump: Between Sunday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 15, 2012, the Second District experienced a series of thefts from autos in the parking garage of the 2400 block Calvert Street, NW and the 2600 block of Woodley Road, NW.  These thefts occurred around the midnight hour. 


District Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison In 2010 Slaying in Southeast

From the United States Attorney’s Office:

Katrell Henry, 37, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 20 years in prison on charges stemming from the slaying last year of a man in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced. Henry was convicted by a jury in November 2011 of voluntary manslaughter while armed and three related firearms offenses. He was sentenced by the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz.

WHS Protects and Serves DC Animals in 2011

WHS Protects and Serves DC Animals in 2011

2011 has been another busy year for our field services team, comprised of our Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) and Animal Care and Control Officers. To date, our field services division has responded to nearly 15,000 new calls, including over 1,300 cases of animal cruelty and neglect investigated by our HLE officers.