Carbon County has a second animal cruelty officer to help abused and neglected animals.

Earlier this month, Rebecca Bailey was sworn in by President Judge Roger Nanovic as an animal cruelty officer through Carbon County Friends of Animals, who petitioned the court on her behalf.

Bailey had completed two weeks of training, including learning about animal husbandry, animal cruelty laws, investigations and more.

Her love of animals started when she was a child.

"I was the little girl trying to help the squirrel after it was hit by a car," she said as she held Paulie, a 6-month-old black and brown chihuahua that was brought into the Carbon County K-9 Shelter as a stray.

"I appreciate that CCFOA had me sworn in and I appreciate the support I get from my friends and family," she added.

Bailey now joins Donna Crum, who was sworn in as an animal cruelty officer in the county in 2009. The position is currently a volunteer position.

She said that she hopes that one day there will be an office where the pair can work.

If a problem with an animal rises, whether it is a dog that is left chained outside for days without food and water, or numerous cats that have been trapped in a home and neglected, Bailey can be reached either through the K-9 Shelter, (570) 325-4828, where she works, CCFOA at (570) 325-9400, by calling communications center or any of the municipal police.