Animal cruelty investigators need better training, advocates say – VT Digger

The state’s animal welfare guidelines need more clarity, and investigators need better training, animal rights advocates told legislators this week after showing them a photo of 30-year-old Wilbur the Horse.

"Investigators found Wilbur, a 30-year-old bay with no teeth, turned out in an Addison County pasture that had dead cows in it. He looked undernourished, but at such an advanced age for a horse, it would be hard for anyone to say exactly how he should look. On Tuesday, animal cruelty investigator Jess Danyow used Wilbur’s photo and his story to illustrate how the state’s animal cruelty statute leaves many situations open to interpretation. The result: investigators don’t have clear guidelines to follow.

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