Equine Investigation Training

LIBERTY, October 31, 2014 – Various law enforcement educational training for Liberty County Deputies and Investigators continues with much of the funding coming from illegal drug seizure monies awarded by the courts to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Bobby Rader has made training a top priority in his administration and that effort has paid off in better services to the citizens of Liberty County just as this most recent training in Equine Investigations is doing.

During the past two months, Sgt. James Sprayberry, who is assigned to the Sheriff Department’s Livestock Division,  attended a level 1 Equine Investigations Academy. Sgt. Sprayberry completed and passed the fifty (50) hour long course and learned much about Equine Psychology, Identification, Body Condition scoring, Anatomy, Veterinary care, Search and Seizure, Interview and behavioral analysis as well as several other fields of study. Such training will allow Sgt. Sprayberry to put his training to use by being able to examine Equine livestock and determine what kind of procedures the owner needs to do to improve the Equine’s health. This will allow the Sergeant to body score an Equine’s body to determine if the animal is being neglected or abused in any way. This course of training also consist of a second class in which Sgt. Sprayberry will participate and will expand even more so on this first Level 1 class.

Even more recently, Sgt. Sprayberry along with Deputy Linda Bloomingdale, who also works the Livestock Division, attended the “Texas Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness” course hosted by the Sam Houston Race Park and taught by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Emergency Services Training Institute ( TEEX/ESTI). This was a two day, sixteen hour class, sponsored by the Texas State Horse Council. The completion of this course by Sgt. Sprayberry and Deputy Bloomingdale will permit them to handle wrecks which involve livestock animals in situations where the animals get trapped in muddy conditions or flood waters or confined spaces.

With Liberty County being such a rural county with many livestock issues occurring on a daily basis, Sgt. Sprayberry and Dep. Bloomingdale are on 24 hour a day call to respond to any emergency situation involving livestock and their safety and well being. In the past, the Sheriff’s Office had to depend upon outside agencies to handle these type cases which not only could delay response to a serious situation but could be costly to the county as well.

Sheriff Rader encourages any county resident that has concerns about neglected and or abused livestock to call the Sheriff’s dispatcher at (936) 336-4500 and report the situation.

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