October 12, 2020

HSPPR Animal Law Enforcement Named 2019 Agency of the Year

                      HSPPR Animal Law Enforcement Named 2019 Agency of the Year

October 12, 2020 Colorado Springs, CO – The Animal Law Enforcement (ALE) division of Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) was named the 2019 Agency of the Year, presented by the Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers (CAACO).

“This nomination was submitted by a member of the community, and we are thankful the hard work our officers do every day is making a difference,” said Jamie Norris, director of Animal Law Enforcement at HSPPR. “I am so proud of every single one of our officers in all our locations. They do such amazing work to protect people and animals, and this award exemplifies what an asset our incredible team is to our community.”

Click here to see pictures of HSPPR’s ALE team with their award. Photos by Sarah Matula Photography, HSPPR Photography Volunteer.

HSPPR’s ALE team consists of 40 officers and 8 administrative staff. They cover El Paso County, Pueblo County, Douglas County, and the City of Centennial, an area encompassing approximately 5,400 square miles and serving over one million citizens. In 2019, HSPPR ALE received 36,293 calls for service, investigated 4,091 cruelty cases, and drove 183,308 miles. ALE officers are trained through the HSPPR ALE Academy, where they study existing animal laws, the safe handling of dangerous animals, best practices for containing animals, de-escalation techniques, and more. They are committed to seeing cruelty to animals and dangerous animal cases through to satisfactory resolution for both the animal and human victims of these crimes. They also play a key role in disaster response.

ALE Director Norris is available to speak with media about this award from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, October 12 at the HSPPR ALE building, 630 Abbot Lane, Colorado Springs, CO 80905.

CAACO is a non-profit organization formed in 1975 to improve the methods of animal control practice, inform the public about animal control, promote justice and equity in the enforcement of animal control laws and advance the health, welfare, professionalism and morale of all animal control officers in the state of Colorado.

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is the largest nonprofit animal shelter in southern Colorado. Serving nearly 25,000 animals a year, HSPPR provides adoption options, animal cruelty investigations, subsidized spays/neuters, a Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats, and other important services. Its Bite Blotter is used to track the quantity, severity, victim types and locations of domestic animal bites to create a safer and more informed community. Rated four stars by Charity Navigator, HSPPR is a local, independent nonprofit that relies on donations from the community to fund its many humane programs. For more information, visit www.hsppr.org.