Clark County’s newest Animal Protection and Control officer became qualified to investigate cases of equine neglect and cruelty by attending an investigative training in Colorado thanks in part to a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a release from the county stated last week. 

The officer’s completion of Code 3 Associates training in Durango, Colorado. means all five animal control officers are able to investigate reports of the abuse of horses in Clark County, the release stated. Code 3 provided a scholarship for half the cost of the course, and a $2,300 donation from the ASPCA covered the officer’s remaining costs. 

“We are thankful we have the support of the national animal community to bring the latest techniques and legal aspects of horse care to Clark County,” Animal Protection and Control Manager Paul Scarpelli said in the release. “With tens of thousands of horses in our jurisdiction, having all our officers trained to the highest standard is a tremendous benefit.” 

The officer, who was hired in April, attended the five-day training in late August and early September, the release stated. 

Code 3 Associates is a nonprofit dedicated to providing professional animal disaster response and resources to community and professional training to people and agencies involved in animal-related law enforcement and emergency response. 

— Clark County

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