Wichita police officer leads animal cruelty investigations

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Wichita Police Officer Heather Frazier is the lead investigator into animal cruelty cases in the community.

Due to an increase in animal neglect and abuse reports, a new investigator role was requested by the animal services unit.

"We're so lucky to have her. Her ability to be able to come into a situation like that and know exactly what needs to be done, in order to hopefully get the suspect or suspects prosecuted," said Lt Brian Sigman.

Frazier is a 20-year veteran of the police department and has had extensive training to investigate animal cruelty cases. 

"We may not always get the charge 'cause sometimes we don't have the evidence, we don't have good evidence. Sometimes dogs get dumped that are abused and we have nothing. But when we do, as long as we're helping the animal, that's the most important thing," said Frazier.

A local dog was renamed in honor of Officer Frazier. 

She was the lead investigator in the animal cruelty case back in May. A 55-year-old man was charged with sexually assaulting the then-five-month-old puppy.

Frazier, the dog, is now in a foster home and will soon begin training to become a therapy dog for sex assault victims.

"He doesn't know what he was a victim of. He's not able to talk to people about that, but he can provide comfort not even knowing that's he's doing that just by being a dog," said Frazier.

The Wichita Police Department has been dedicating more resources to train officers to recognize crimes against animals

If you suspect an animal is being abused or neglected, call police or animal services at (316) 350-3360.

Misdemeanor cruelty and neglect cases in Wichita:
2015: 2,291
2016: 1,030* (data loss due to 6 month switch to “PetPoint” software system)
2017: 2,404
2018: 1,564 YTD

Field services call:
May 18, 2015 thru December 2015: 19,720
January 1, 2016 through December 31 2016: 10,017*
January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017: 23,749
January 1, 2018 through July 11, 2018: 12,150

Recent animal cruelty cases in Wichita:
Man charged after girlfriend allegedly catches him having sex with puppy
5 dogs seized in north Wichita dog fighting bust
Dog with broken legs appears 'fresh out of a dog fight'
Wichita man accused of killing dog charged with animal cruelty