Called upon to protect the county’s animals, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin recently swore in Barbara Morgan as the county’s humane society police officer.
Morgan, a 1976 graduate of Quakertown Community High School, joins the humane society as an officer after 15 years in undercover security work and 20 years as a corrections officer at the Northampton County Prison.
“Things will improve with the addition of Morgan,” Mary Shafer, the executive director of Lehigh County’s Humane Society, said in a release. “We’ll have better coverage and be able to provide more community outreach programs with regard to pet ownership.”
Under Pennsylvania law, humane society police officers are hired through the humane society but share some powers with police. Though Morgan is not allowed to carry a gun, she can enforce Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws and file charges against people who violate it.
She will be responsible for investigating and prosecuting animal cruelty complaints in Lehigh County.
The Humane Society in Lehigh County receives an average of 30 calls of animal cruelty and other problems per week. Morgan will answer those calls as well as work to educate the public about good animal ownership.
Morgan, a Penn State University graduate, received her formal training for the humane society police officer job in Harrisburg. She also published a children’s book in 2015.
“I’ve always loved animals and this is a great way to follow my passion,” Morgan said in the release.