§7-10-1. Deputy sheriffs as humane officers.
The sheriff of each county of this state shall annually
designate, by a record made in the office of the clerk of the
county commission, one of his or her deputies to act as humane
officer of the county; or, if the county commission and sheriff
agree, the county dog warden may be designated to act as the humane
officer or as an additional humane officer; any person designated
to act as a humane officer and all peace officers designated by law
as a humane officer or an additional humane officer shall
investigate all complaints made to him or her of cruel or inhumane
treatment of animals within the county and he or she shall
personally see that the law relating to the prevention of cruelty
to animals is enforced. The wilful failure of such designee to
investigate any complaint made to him or her and to take proper
measures in such case or to perform his or her duty in any other
respect may constitute good cause for removal from employment.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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