Animal Abuse/Cruelty to Animals

Upcoming Webinars

Animal Cruelty Reporting
Mary Lou Randour, Ph.D.
Dan DeSousa
10 / 31 / 2018

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) added animal cruelty as a separate crime under Group A of the FBI’s National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS), effective January 2016. This [...]

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Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM
11 / 06 / 2018

The opioid crisis has impacted animal welfare and working dog safety in several ways. This webinar reviews the risks to pets of opioid abusers and working K9s. Recommendations will [...]

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Michelle Welch
11 / 28 / 2018

Just like Dogfighting, Cockfighting has links to other crimes like narcotics, and gambling and often involves large asset forfeitures.  This training will give local and state law enforcement and [...]

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Animal Cruelty Investigations and Prosecutions
Jessica Rock
12 / 13 / 2018

Animal cruelty is more than just a legal issue, it’s a community issue. If you improve animal welfare in a community, you improve public safety for everyone. This [...]

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Michelle Welch
01 / 15 / 2019

“Batterers who also abuse their pets are both more controlling and use more dangerous forms of violence [sexual violence, marital rape, emotional violence and stalking] than batterers who do [...]

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Leigh Anne Garrard
01 / 31 / 2019

This webinar will cover the common elements of neglect and cruelty Law Enforcement Officers will encounter on a daily basis.  The instructor will cover tools learned throughout her experience [...]

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Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM
02 / 12 / 2019

Veterinarians can help investigators better document cases of alleged animal maltreatment. Not all veterinarians have training in the emerging field of veterinary forensics but investigators can provide veterinarians with guidance [...]

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Dog Fighting Investigations and Prosecutions
Jessica Rock
02 / 21 / 2019

Dog fighting is one of the most heinous forms of animal cruelty. Fighting dogs are regularly conditioned for fighting through the use of drugs, including steroids to enhance muscle mass [...]

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Michelle Welch
03 / 05 / 2019

Utilizing specialized prosecutions units and taskforces to aid local law enforcement in investigating difficult investigations and prosecutions.  Today, there are so many crimes vying for law enforcement’s [...]

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Jennifer H. Chin
04 / 09 / 2019

Animals seized in cruelty and blood sports cases must often be held for long periods of time until ownership is either voluntarily relinquished or the animals are forfeited as part [...]

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Adam Leath
06 / 18 / 2019

**NOTE: Due to the nature of this webinar content, all webinar attendees must be affiliated with a justice-related organization. Please use your professional, organizational email when registering for this [...]

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Recorded Webinars

Animal Cruelty and Collateral Crimes
Jessica Rock

Numerous evidence and research points to the correlation between animal cruelty cases to other serious crimes including gambling, drugs, gangs, elder abuse, domestic violence, bestiality, as well as child pornography [...]

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Recognizing the Link Animal Human Abuse
Dr. Melinda Merck

In a past webinar with John Thompson, we were able to deep-dive into the link of animal abuse to human abuse. He detailed the reasons why animal abuse should be [...]

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John Thompson

“When animals are abused, people are at risk; When people are abused, animals are at risk.” This is the message that this webinar wants to get across. People [...]

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Articles

Webinar presenter Jessica Rock answered a number of your questions after her presentation, "Animal Cruelty and the Link to Collateral Crimes." Here are some of her [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Melinda Merck answered a number of your questions after her presentation, The Path from Animal Abuse to Human Abuse: Using Veterinary Forensics to Support Investigation and Prosecution [...]

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“When animals are abused, people are at risk; When people are abused, animals are at risk.”  People often think that animal cruelty cases are isolated from crimes [...]

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Our Subject Matter Experts

Meet the people who present on this topic
Jennifer H. Chin

Jennifer H. Chin, Esq. is Vice President, Legal Advocacy, at the ASPCA. In that role, she oversees the department’s second chair program, which provides legal support to federal, [...]

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Leigh Anne Garrard

Leigh Anne Garrard started her career in Greensboro, North Carolina, with Guilford County Animal Control as an Animal Control Officer in 2006.  As an officer she attended training to improve [...]

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Adam Leath

Based out of Fort Myers, Florida, Adam Leath investigates and responds to situations involving animal victims of natural disasters and animal cruelty cases in the Southeast Region for the ASPCA. [...]

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Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM

A veterinarian experienced in animal welfare, emergency veterinary medicine and animal cruelty investigations, Dr. Smith-Blackmore has a special interest in working K9 safety as well as helping law enforcement and [...]

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Mary Lou Randour, Ph.D.

Dr. Randour, a psychologist, is Senior Advisor, Animal Cruelty Programs and Training, Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, D. C. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, received a [...]

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Dan DeSousa

Dan DeSousa has worked for the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services since 1989.  Starting as an animal control officer, he quickly moved into the Department’s [...]

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Michelle Welch

Michelle Welch is a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Virginia Attorney General’s Office.  She is the Director of the Animal Law Unit at the Attorney General'[...]

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Jessica Rock
Jessica Rock

Jessica Rock is the Director of Legal Advocacy & Law Enforcement Support with the Atlanta Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Unit.  She provides expertise to law enforcement, animal [...]

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John Thompson

John Thompson is the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA). Mr. Thompson has operational responsibility for NSA’s programs and services. In 2004, [...]

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melinda merck
Dr. Melinda Merck

Dr. Melinda Merck is the owner of Veterinary Forensics Consulting in Austin, Texas. She assists investigators of animal cruelty with crime scene investigation, examination of live and deceased victims, frequently [...]

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