Lamb County Sheriff, Gary Maddox called a public meeting Wednesday night in Littlefield to address concerns of residents about animal cruelty cases in Lamb County.
Residents who attended the meeting shared a concern for the safety of animals in Lamb County and even asked the Sheriff’s office and Police Department “Can we feel safe to let our dogs outside.”
It all started in late January when 2 residents reported their 2 dogs were missing and then found out they were shot for attacking a neighbor’s rabbit’s. A police report was not filed immediately, however, it took off on social media and that Sheriff Maddox says has been a problem. He went on to say by the time the law enforcement agencies get the report it is 3rd or 4th hand information and finally was heard on social media. Law Enforcement agencies say they are having problems verifying many of the reports.
Sheriff Maddox said the purpose of the last nights meeting was to calm fears and let the public know they are doing everything possible to investigate every report and he went on to say, if any of this can be verified we will get to the bottom of this and will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.
Littlefield Animal Project member Tara Wegner said “Our animals are not safe and the police aren’t doing anything about it.”
Sheriff Maddox confirmed his office is currently investigating one report, however he is not sure that it will be a case of animal cruelty.