Friday, October 20, 2017

Animal Services receives recognition for keeping pets safe

Mesa County Animal Services was honored with The Unsung Heroes Award by Hilltop's Latimer House and Domestic Violence Services Oct. 18 for partaking in serving those impacted by domestic violence.

The award recognizes unique situations in which Mesa County Animal Services collaborates with LINK, a local group of volunteers working to help keep animals safe. LINK refers to the connection between domestic violence and animal abuse.The volunteer organization is a sub-committee of the Mesa County Domestic Violence Task Force.

“I want to thank Mesa County Animal Services for all the help they provide. We have never acknowledged all the work that they do,” Latimer House Program Coordinator Karla Kitzman said. “So I wanted to take the opportunity to thank them.”

In 2013, LINK was formed to provide animal safe housing resources for victims who want to leave domestic violence relationships in collaboration with Latimer House. Latimer provides counseling, advocacy and safe housing for domestic violence victims.

LINK helps locate shelter for animals so domestic violence victims can leave an abusive situation knowing their animals are safe.

  • Report animal abuse to Mesa County Animal Control, by calling (970) 242-4646.
  • For questions about domestic violence or educational resources, contact the Latimer House business line at (970) 241-0324.
  • If you are a victim of domestic violence seeking safe housing for yourself and/or your animals, call Latimer House 24-hour crisis line at (970) 241-6704.
  • For Information on the LINK program, call (970) 257-3611

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