A new unit aims to eradicate animal cruelty in the city of Atlanta.
A new unit in the Atlanta Police Department is keeping animals in the city safe in the new year.Officer Amy Soeldner said her phone rings day and night with animal cruelty cases.
“This thing will just go off all the time. It’s non stop,” she said, referring to the phone. She can’t turn it off. But she doesn’t mind.
“When it’s hot, I’m thinking, ‘they don’t have water.’ When it’s cold, ‘they don’t have shelter.’ I am obsessed with the welfare of animals in this city,” she explained.
As soon as an officer in any zone finds an animal being abused, they call Soeldner. “Last week I was on my way to work, and a zone 3 officer called. They watched a dog get kicked right across the street,” said recounted.
She said she’s proud of APD for stepping up to take care of the animals in the city. 11Alive’s Kaitlyn Ross got to go on a unique ride along with one of the only police officers in the country solely dedicated to animal welfare.
“It can be confusing,” she said. “The re’s a lot of paperwork, and what gets filed where.”
She says there was push back when Atlanta Police decided to devote a unit strictly to animal welfare.