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Prince George Farm Bureau working to assist county Animal Control

PRINCE GEORGE—Prince George County Farm Bureau has taken steps to build a relationship with local animal control officers after some agricultural animals were seized from a local farm.

Farm Bureau leaders recently met with county officials to work toward appropriate handling of animal welfare issues.

“The purpose was to start a dialogue between the local Farm Bureau and Animal Control,” said Lindsay Reames, assistant director of governmental relations for Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

Farm Bureau supported enactment of a 2011 Virginia animal care statute that defines minimal care requirements for agricultural animals: water, food and veterinary treatment as needed. Prior to the 2011 law, animal control officers could intervene only in situations where animal cruelty was alleged. “Because of the new law, there are likely to be more situations with animal control officers and agricultural animals,” Reames said.

“The Farm Bureau is committed to animal welfare and animal care, and we wanted to offer our resources” in Prince George.

She and Dr. Daniel Kovich of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shared details of the statute with Prince George officials, and county Farm Bureau leaders offered to help in future situations where farm animal care is a concern.

“We're trying to get a working relationship,” said county Farm Bureau president Bill Kreider.

Reames said animal control officers can call on Farm Bureau for help in the future ”if they need resources or assistance in handling agriculture animals—which may include feed, shelter or transportation.”

Reames and Kreider said they hope other localities and their local Farm Bureaus will forge similar relationships.

Contact Reames at 804-290-1019.

 

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