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Cedar Rapids officer honored with humane award for leading animal cruelty case

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Officer Christopher Collins and Preston Moore
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- A Cedar Rapids police officer was honored with a 2021 Humane Law Enforcement Award from the Humane Society of the United States on Tuesday.

Officer Christopher Collins and the CRPD investigated a case of a malnourished German Shepherd named Luna, eventually leading to animal neglect charges.

Luna was brought to non-profit rescue organization Wildthunder Wildlife & Animal Rehabilitation & Sanctuary in Independence in July 2020. Veterinarians determined that Luna had been deprived of food and was suffering from long-term neglect.

After reviewing the evaluations from veterinarians, Officer Collins arrested a suspect, who plead guilty to charges of animal neglect.

“We are proud to present a 2021 Humane Law Enforcement Award to Officer Collins,” Iowa director of HSUS Preston Moore said in a statement. “We are grateful to Cedar Rapids Police Department for their leadership in combatting animal cruelty.”

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman praised Officer Collins and his efforts to help protect animals and stand against animal cruelty.

“I commend and thank Officer Collins for his actions in this incident," Chief Jerman said. "Officer Collins displayed outstanding judgment and compassion for one of our four-legged friends who needed help. His drive and commitment are appreciated by me, and this recognition by the Humane Society of the United States is a true testament to Officer Collins and his character.”

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