Meet the Michigan Humane Society Cruelty Investigators, stars of the hit show "Animal Cops: Detroit", only on Animal Planet.
Debby began volunteering at the Michigan Humane Society at age 19. By 20, she was an Adoption Counselor. At 25, she became an Animal Evaluator, caring for the medical needs of animals. From there, Debby moved onto Field Agent and then to Investigator. Debby is certified by the Law Enforcement Institute of the University of Missouri's Cruelty Investigation School.
|What makes you come to work everyday?|
"Happy endings keep me here!"
Shawn was born and raised in the heart of Detroit. He started his career with the Michigan Humane Society as an adoption counselor, and later became a kennel attendant, rescue driver, and cruelty investigator. He is certified by the Law Enforcement Institute of the University of Missouri's Cruelty Investigation School.
|On animal cruelty:|
"I'm the voice of the animals. If it weren't for us, a lot more animals would suffer. It infuriates us to see how some animals are treated. Sometimes we have to get incredibly aggressive on the streets to save an animal. Some people we educate - others we prosecute."
Mark started his career with the Michigan Humane Society more than 10 years ago. His specialty is reptiles. Mark has worked to rehabilitate and foster pets including snakes, alligators, lizards and much more. Mark is certified by the Law Enforcement Institute of the University of Missouri's Cruelty Investigation School.
|What makes the job worth it?|
"We all love the animals and enjoy the expressions on their faces when we rescue them. We give the animals respect and dignity. Lots of people thank you for taking care of the animals and tell us how much they appreciate the fact that we're out here. That makes you feel good."
Mike Dowe, Jr .
Born and raised in Detroit, Mike always had pets growing up and has felt a natural connection with animals since he was very young. Mike began working for the Michigan Humane Society as a rescue driver, assisting sick and injured animals. Mike feels that this animal rescue experience helps him every day in his position as a cruelty investigator. He is certified by the Law Enforcement Institute of the University of Missouri's Cruelty Investigation School.
|Is there a type of case you find especially disturbing?|
"Though I find all of them disturbing, I tend to have a problem dealing with the starvation cases because dogs are basically dependents just like children. It hurts to see that someone can neglect an animal for that long period of time, to the point that ribs and things like that are visible."
Photo: Animal Planet
David grew up in the downtown Detroit area. David started his career with the Michigan Humane Society as a rescue driver and later became a field agent supporting the work of the MHS Cruelty Investigation Department.
|How does it make you feel when you are able to help an animal in a situation of cruelty or neglect, such as a dog tied in a backyard without proper food, water and shelter, not to mention stimulation and social interaction?|
"When we're able to either greatly improve a suffering animal's conditions through educating the owner or get an animal out of a bad situation and into a loving home, it gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. A dog or any other pet is a living, breathing creature and needs to be loved and cared for by his family."