News Review
Animal Cruelty Task-Force Formed in Vanderburgh County
Posted Date: 7/22/2014
An Animal Cruelty Task Force has been created in a joint coalition between the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office, Evansville Vanderburgh Animal Care and Control, Evansville Police Department and Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office. Attorney Susan Odoyo is also on the task force as a special prosecutor within the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office to prosecute Animal Cruelty Cases.

The goal of the Task Force is to curb animal cruelty in Vanderburgh County. This unified goal focuses on three aspects - Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution. Community awareness of the task force mixed with the conscious effort to protect animals is the prevention aspect.

The Protection comes from Animal Control and the Police/Sheriff’s Departments. Both EPD and VCSO have assigned an officer/deputy to the task force. These Officers (Sarah Brown – EPD / Kerri Blessinger – VSCO) will be active in investigations and working with animal control.

Community members can help with protection in two ways. If animal cruelty or abuse is seen happening, we ask that you call 911. Be it an animal left in a hot car, you witness someone abusing an animal or any scenario where you feel the wellbeing of that animal is in danger, call 911.

If you are aware of neglect or abuse but it is not currently happening, we are asking that you use WeTip at 800-78-CRIME and report the tip anonymously. These will be documented and passed along to the correct agencies to be tracked and looked in to. All calls made to WeTip are kept anonymous.

A press conference has been set for 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 to be held at the City of Evansville: Animal Control Shelter (815 Uhlhorn St.). Members of the task force will be on hand speaking and Kelly Yarde with Animal Care and Control will be giving a demonstration on the dangers of leaving animals in hot cars.

For further information on this task force, please contact Kyle Phernetton, Director of Public Relations with the Vanderburgh County Prosecutors Office at 812.435.5688 or via e-mail at