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The Wyoming County Humane Society has a new humane officer.

Darrell Sands, of East Lemon, who has previously worked with the sheriff’s department in Susquehanna County and contributed to other law enforcement agencies, was sworn into his new post on June 13 by President Judge Russell Shurtleff.

His goal is first to educate the community on the proper care and treatment of animals, and if there is a problem or recurring situation that needs attention, Sands said citations can be issued and adjudicated at the magisterial district justice level.

For as long as he can remember, Sands said he has had a soft spot for animals and been around them most of his life with his grandparents Jed and Ruth Sands having lots of animals on their farm in Mehoopany where he spent a good bit of time.

He took a giant step forward for Wyoming County recently when he finished his training at Penn State in the animal husbandry area.

He said recently that he would investigate animal cases on behalf of the Wyoming County Humane Society, and would do so starting out on a part-time basis about 10 hours a week,

He acknowledged there was quite a bit of public relations involved in what he does, and while he might get calls about something bad having happened, “that may not necessarily be the case.”

He is trained in both large and small animal care, and from that training realizes that most of the neglect he’s likely to see will fall in four broad categories: abandoned animals or strays, improper shelter for horses, unclean areas, and improper shelter for dogs whether tied or untied.

As a humane officer, Sands said he recognizes a large group of volunteers who support places like the Griffin Pond Shelter, local farmers and veterinarians.

While Sands immediate aim is to care for animals, he also supports the aims of the Humane Society which is a local, non-profit, all-volunteer organization based in Wyoming County. It was incorporated in 1985, making it the longest-serving animal welfare organization in the county. The group is run by an elected Board of Directors, together with a group of dedicated volunteers.

If the public wishes to make a donation, they can do so by sending a check to the Wyoming County Humane Society, P.O. Box 478, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.

Its phone number for addressing potential mistreatment cases is 570-836-4745.

Sands said he would be glad to follow up if a case warrants his attention.