Praise Program to End Animal Cruelty


Target: Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Director Teresa Landon

Goal: Thank the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for creating an outreach program to end animal cruelty throughout the state

Ohio has long maintained one of the worst records in the nation for animal cruelty. This is mainly due to the fact that Ohio law does not require each county to have a shelter or a team of animal cruelty investigators, therefore animal cruelty and neglect run rampant in the more rural parts of the state where resources are limited. The Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is finally going to put a stop to this, however, with a new outreach program. For making sure that animals throughout Ohio have the protection they deserve, the Ohio SPCA deserves our gratitude.

The Ohio Humane Outreach Partnering Program (Ohio HOPP) was created to train humane agents and place them in locations throughout the state where they are needed. “We have been working with Ross County since 2007,” said Teresa Landon, Director of the Ohio SPCA. “And they have been without a humane agent. And so we have trained and are providing them with three humane officers.” Sheriff’s departments are currently left to deal with most of the cases in counties where there are no humane agents and cannot respond to all of the calls, which is why animal cruelty in these areas has increased.

Ross County was likely the trigger for the creation of Ohio HOPP, after a severely neglected horse named Payton was found at a home by investigators earlier this year. This led to the discovery of four more horses in similar conditions throughout the county. Each of these animals was sick, starving, and near death. Sadly, this has become all too common in rural counties such as Ross.

Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank the Ohio SPCA for finally strengthening the state’s investigative power and working to end animal cruelty.


Dear Teresa Landon,

Along with the Ohio SPCA, you recently created the Ohio Humane Outreach Partnering Program (Ohio HOPP) that trains humane agents to be placed in counties where resources are limited. Ohio is the most understaffed state in the country when it comes to animal cruelty investigation and this new program will work toward putting an end to that, and perhaps influence Ohio’s animal cruelty laws and practices as well.

Thank you so much for all of the work you have done, and will continue to do, to end animal cruelty in Ohio and provide animals throughout the state with the protection they deserve.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. just wanted to say thank you.

  2. Craig Miller says:

    Remember, we’re all here to see that animals’ welfare is protected & guaranteed, so when we get good news, we must send our thanks on to those for making a positive difference. Thank you

  3. Animals are crying of cruelty ,Mercy animals humans.

  4. Sheila Jefferson says:

    Thank you! 🙂

  5. micheline dm says:

    Animals have the same rights as humans.They are even better!They do not start war,they do not sin,they don’t argue about religion!

  6. thank you so much!

  7. Judy Vernon says:

    As far as I’m concerned all animal abusers should be delt to. I have no time for them.

  8. Thank you & God bless you! Now if only all the states would follow your example!

  9. Mary fletcher says:

    Thank you! Please help all dogs and cats too!

    Here’s an official petition to the Whitehouse on the governments petition site:

    It’s asking Obama to ban euthanasia and save the 2 billion dollars we spend annually killing 5,500 dogs daily in Favor of tax breaks for vets to give free spay and neuters and cash voucher incentives to people who spay and neuter. This will quickly get our pet population under control and end the suffering of all these pets and Americans who love them. America must be proactive in solving our problems. More of the same isn’t working. Thank you! Please share.. Every signature is needed:)

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