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MARYSVILLE, Ohio -- A western Ohio humane society director has established a new animal cruelty task force intended to help overburdened humane societies respond to animal neglect and abuse calls.

Executive Director Steffen Baldwin says he established the Animal Cruelty Task Force of Ohio to handle humane-agent calls in counties that need help.

Baldwin says a major problem in rural Ohio is finding humane society agents who have time to respond to animal cruelty or neglect complaints, and who have the resources to care for the animals once they are seized.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Baldwin says he will resign as director of the humane society next month to devote his time to the nonprofit task force.