Shelter director wins award

Pictured above, from left to right, are Tennessee Senior State Director for the Humane Society of the United States Eric Swafford, Rhea County Animal SHelter Director Cheyenne Swafford, Rhea County Animal Shelter Volunteer, Renee Milner and Rhea County Animal Control Officer Katie Rose.

The Humane Society of the United States recently honored Rhea County Animal Control Officer Cheyenne Swafford with a Humane Law Enforcement Award for 2019 for “her amazing work and steadfast commitment to animal protection.”

Officials with the Human Society of the United States is privileged to work with the brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to making communities safer. To that end, they partner with law enforcement officials across the country on wide array of investigations, trainings and legislation.

Their work with law enforcement officials touches upon the entire spectrum of the justice system, from sheriffs to prosecutors to attorneys general offices. The recipients of the 2019 Human Law Enforcement Awards include officers who have taken an exemplary stand against animal cruelty and represent the very best in the field.

The Human Society of the United States works diligently to enact laws that protect all animals, and this work is meaningful only with the strong support of law enforcement.

“I’ve seen Cheyenne’s work first-hand, and she does an amazing jobs,” said Eric Swafford, Tennessee Senior State Director for the Human Society of the United States. “She goes above and beyond the call of duty to help Rhea County and even the surrounding areas. We are blessed to have her helping animals and serving our community, and I am so very proud to bestow on her this prestigious award.”

Officials with the Human Society of the United States said it is the nation’s most effective animal protection organization and has been dedicated to ending all forms of animal cruelty for over 60 years.