Wichita law enforcement is stepping up their animal abuse investigations. About two months ago, we told you about the officer leading cases, but now, we can report that some of the suspects, have been charged.
KSN talked to Officer Heather Frazier to talk more about her work across the city.
Frazier says when her phone rings, she is sad that there is another animal in need, but she also feels a sense of relief knowing that immediate action will take place.
Officer Heather Frazier is working around the clock for animals in need.
“I gather all the information, I did the interviews, booked the people, all within a day,” said Off. Heather Frazier, Animal Cruelty Investigator.
A process that could have taken weeks before Frazier took the the job as Wichita’s animal cruelty investigator. Suspects in cases are also getting charged.
Frazier’s work has led to three felony cases and one misdemeanor case in just two months. She says experience and more cooperation with the courts is making a difference.
“A lot of this that has been done along the way, should have been felonies, but we didn’t have the availability to do that, and we didn’t have the people willing to charge, and now we do,” said Frazier.
Frazier says more officers are calling her about animals they come into contact with. The Animal Services Commander says these new charges help remind staff that their work, is making a difference.
“They know that somebody is taking it seriously they know that we are going to try our best to get charges on those cases,” said Lt. Brian Sigman, Animal Services Commander.
Frazier says the other priority in her new position is to educate animal owners.
“We’re taking them into our home, it’s our responsibility to do what’s right for them,” said Frazier.
She is excited that more officers are showing an interest in the type of training she has in animal cruelty, and that charges are being filed in the cases she’s handling.