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Former prison guard, children's book author is new humane society officer

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin (left), county humane society President Bruce Fritch (right) and newly sworn in humane society police officer Barbara Morgan. (LEHIGH COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY / CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

ALLENTOWN — Called upon to protect the county's animals, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin recently swore in Barbara Morgan as the county's humane society police officer.
Morgan, a 1976 graduate of Quakertown Community High School, joins the humane society as an officer after 15 years in undercover security work and 20 years as a corrections officer at the Northampton County Prison.
"Things will improve with the addition of Morgan," Mary Shafer, the executive director of Lehigh County's Humane Society, said in a release. "We'll have better coverage and be able to provide more community outreach programs with regard to pet ownership."
Under Pennsylvania law, humane society police officers are hired through the humane society but share some powers with police. Though Morgan is not allowed to carry a gun, she can enforce Pennsylvania's animal cruelty laws and file charges against people who violate it.
She will be responsible for investigating and prosecuting animal cruelty complaints in Lehigh County.
The Humane Society in Lehigh County receives an average of 30 calls of animal cruelty and other problems per week. Morgan will answer those calls as well as work to educate the public about good animal ownership.
Morgan, a Penn State University graduate, received her formal training for the humane society police officer job in Harrisburg. She also published a children's book in 2015.
"I've always loved animals and this is a great way to follow my passion," Morgan said in the release.
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Growing up, I always seemed to have a way with animals.  But I also experienced many tragic events with them which have made me sensitive to their plight.  Animals are truly at the mercy of their caregivers.  All animals  are special and they are all deserving of love and companionship.  After caring for people for twenty years in a prison, I was finally able to return to what I love most—caring for my four-legged friends.


Now that I'm retired from the prison, I work part time at a local animal shelter.  I do their many vet runs for them as well as "home checks" for those people who are interested in adopting a pet.  In addition to that, I am their "on-call" emergency driver.  I am sometimes called in the middle of the night if the local police need assistance with an agressive or injured animal.  


I was a cat owner most of my life and I don't think that I remember a day without one.  Sometimes they came into my care because they were left behind by friends who just didn't want them anymore for whatever reason.  But after I rescued Jack I became a serious dog person.  Truthfully, I am an ANIMAL person.  I love them all, from the squirrels who live in my trees to the birds who produce babies under my curious (but careful) eye.


Gummy and The Ferret is my first book.  Never in my life did I think I would write a book.  Law enforcement was my life.  From undercover store security for high end department stores to the care, custody and control of inmates at the county prison.  If the notion of ever writing a book had entered my mind I'm sure that it would have centered around law enforcement.  Happily enough, life has encouraged this new direction.  And while on this path my message is that adopting a pet is a very rewarding experience and my wish is for all of the animal shelter pets to find their "forever homes."