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      Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society conducts animal cruelty investigations

      T he Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society is leading the way in animal cruelty investigations.

      They're the only Humane Society in the 26 counties of the Panhandle to have a certified Cruelty Investigator on-site. They open their phone line to complaints or reports of animal abuse, and contact the county's law enforcement officials or Sheriff's Department for assistance.

      A fter they receive cruelty reports, Alecia McGee begins the investigation.

      "I know all of the laws that are involved in it, all of the different body scores of each animal, what to look for, and what kind of environment," said McGee.

      McGee uses the Henneke Body Scale, commonly used for horses, to asses the condition of the reportedly abused animals. They are judged on a scale from 1 to 5, 1 being the worst and 5 being obese.

      "A body score of 3 or less normally is a seizable animal," said McGee. "That's where you're going to have your ribs, your hip bones, you're injuries.")

      E n viro nmental factors are also taken into consideration when investigating animal abuse.

      "With abused cats, you will see feces and urine throughout the house, especially with the cat urine, it's a big health risk," said McGee. "With dogs you have your outside kennels that are covered in feces and you can see that they've never been cleaned. If left in an environment for that long with the urine and feces it can actually eat away at their feet," said McGee.

      The Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society helps a broad range of animals living in cruel environments.

      " W e do everything ," said McGee. "R eptiles, birds, snakes, exotics, and anything that is in an environment that is not being taken care of."

      To report an animal cruelty case, visit