On Oct. 21, the Humane Society of the United States will be presenting the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office with a 2021 Humane Law Enforcement Award for their steadfast commitment to animal protection. The RCSO led several multiagency efforts to shut down cockfighting operations, rescuing dozens of animals from suffering, exploitation and a gruesome death.
“We are grateful for the leadership of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, who went above and beyond on combatting cockfighting, a violent crime that harms everyone in our communities,” said Lauren Loney, Texas state director for the HSUS.
The HSUS Humane Law Enforcement Awards are presented annually to officers who have taken an exemplary stand against animal cruelty. The HSUS works diligently nationwide to enact laws that protect all animals, and this work is most effective with the support of law enforcement.
- Lauren Loney, Texas state director for the Humane Society of the United States
- Johnwayne Valdez, Rusk County sheriff
- Lisa Waugh and Kelli Ballenger of Rusk County Pets Alive
- Monica Ailey of Animal Investigation and Response
The sheriff’s office will be presented with the award by Lauren Loney, Texas state director for the Humane Society of the United States. Loney will present a plaque. Rusk County Pets Alive and Animal Investigation and Response will also be present in honor of the sheriff’s office’s efforts to end cockfighting in Rusk County.
Media is invited to attend this event. Photos will be available after.
Thursday, October 21, 2:00 pm (CT)
Rusk County Sheriff’s Office: 210 W Charlevoix St, Henderson, TX 75652