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The Indiana State Police find pets in about half of the meth busts they make. Most of the time, animal control takes those pets to animal shelters. But it’s not necessarily up to the shelters when those pets can be put up for adoption.

Indiana leads the nation when it comes to meth lab busts. There’s a process that i-s-p follows concerning their fate of animals found at the busts.

“If the animals are outside and they’re not in the lab environment, we will release those animals to family members,” Sgt. Joe Watts of ISP said. “If a lab is located in the home or in a garage or an out building and the animals are in there, then we’ll release those pets to the humane society.”

Just last week, the Terre Haute Humane Society received two dogs from a meth bust in Vigo County. They take measures to ensure the animals are healthy.

“We vaccinate upon intake, we make sure that they’re medicated, that they’re fed and they’re watered, make sure that you know they’ve been giving the care that they need. If they are in a severely aggressive state, then we take extra precaution to make sure that the staff is safe,” said Fred Strohm, Operations Manager at the Terre Haute Humane Society.

But the humane society simply acts as a holding site for the pets.

“In the eyes of the law, they are considered property,” Strohm added. “So they may be considered evidence in a case of some sort so then we have to wait to see what the courts actually say before we can make any determination on what happens to the animal.”

Sometimes, the court mandates that the humane society do something they don’t want to do but have to.

“If they say that the animals have to be destroyed, then unfortunately we have to follow their guidance,” said Strohm.

But Fred adds that that’s a rare occurrence. The animals often get a second chance at life.

“Once we’ve been given rights to the animals, we can then get them altered, spayed or neutered, we can get them micro-chipped, we can get some more vaccinations if necessary, get them back to health, get them adopted out and get them into good homes.”

Another startling number is the amount of children found at meth sites. Sgt. Joe Watts says they come across kids approximately 35% of the time.








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