Animal Abuse/Cruelty to Animals

Upcoming Webinars

John Griffin
11 / 19 / 2019

Understanding why and how wild animals thrive in urbanized areas is important to resolving conflicts between humans and wildlife. The information provided will help you improve your agency’s response [...]

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Dave Pauli
12 / 03 / 2019

Expand your wildlife live-capture and handling protocols. Discussion will include: Replacing the NEED to capture or handle wildlife; Ten Stress Reduction Must Do's; Catching the Uncatchable; Redefining Live-traps; and The [...]

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Claudine Wilkins
12 / 05 / 2019

Liability can occur in various forms. Whether it is an officer-involved dog shooting, animal cruelty, dog bites, improper seizure of an animal, premise liability, malicious prosecution, or other actions, we [...]

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Michelle Welch
01 / 07 / 2020

We will explore the underworld of sexual abuse of an animal. Most in the criminal justice community want to turn a blind eye to these cases because they are outside [...]

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Adam Leath
01 / 30 / 2020

The animal control officer, law enforcement officer, or humane investigator's success depends on their ability to leverage both public and private partnerships in the field. This is especially true when [...]

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Lynsey White
02 / 11 / 2020

Getting calls about coyote sightings and conflicts in your community? If not, you probably will be soon! Now firmly established in every state (except Hawaii), coyotes are well adapted to [...]

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Jake Kamins
02 / 18 / 2020

In 2013, the Oregon State legislature declared that animals are “sentient beings, capable of experiencing pain, stress, and fear,” and “should be cared for in ways that reduce pain, stress, fear, [...]

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Claudine Wilkins
02 / 25 / 2020

Many professionals are involved in dangerous dog cases. Learn how important your role is in the cases. This presentation is ideal for law enforcement, animal control officers, prosecutors, 911 dispatchers, EMTs, [...]

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Andrew Campbell
03 / 24 / 2020

This webinar provides a unique take on domestic violence prevention, identification, and intervention by enabling participants to develop a multi-disciplinary perspective of violence in the home. Results from my national [...]

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Lynsey White
03 / 26 / 2020

Is your agency or organization overwhelmed with panicked calls from the public about wildlife problems? Do you spend staff time and energy dealing with these calls? If so, this webinar [...]

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Jake Kamins
04 / 23 / 2020

When investigating and prosecuting animal cruelty offenses, the state almost always needs a veterinary expert to prove its case. It is therefore critical for law enforcement to establish strong relationships [...]

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Andrew Campbell
05 / 21 / 2020

This webinar will discuss risks for psychological and emotional harm to children, with an emphasis on children who reside in a home or community where violence occurs. Common misconceptions will [...]

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Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM
Jessica Rock
07 / 09 / 2020

Animal cruelty crimes generate unique and sensitive types of evidence. Some types of evidence, such as ammonia levels are transitory and require situation appropriate collection. Marks of animal struggling or [...]

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Jake Kamins
07 / 30 / 2020

Successful animal cruelty investigations and prosecutions require strong relationships between many agencies and entities. The police, animal services, animal rescue groups, veterinarians, prosecutors, and more have a part to play [...]

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John Griffin
08 / 20 / 2020

Do all opossums have rabies? How can you avoid being sprayed by a skunk? What should you do about raccoons living inside attics or chimneys? This webinar will take a [...]

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Andrew Campbell
09 / 15 / 2020

This webinar will describe the desperate need to bridge critical gaps that currently exist in domestic violence research and literature. We'll cover improving batterer intervention programs to better address mental [...]

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Dave Pauli
10 / 13 / 2020

Whether responding in the field to release an animal wrongly caught, guiding someone through it over the phone, or setting an animal free after translocation, this webinar will equip you [...]

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Recorded Webinars

John Griffin

Understanding why and how wild animals thrive in urbanized areas is important to resolving conflicts between humans and wildlife. The information provided will help you improve your agency’s response [...]

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Diane Robinson

Equine husbandry standards vary based on geography, housing, size, age, and a host of other factors. Appreciating the unique welfare needs of horses that are involved in suspected criminal neglect [...]

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Jenny Edwards

Arrests for bestiality are on the rise. If it hasn't occurred in your jurisdiction yet, it likely will at some point. Research indicates that 34% of animal sex abusers also sexually [...]

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Adam Leath

Animal Hoarding affects communities across the globe. Although it is not a new phenomenon, authorities have been employing new and innovative ways to approach the problem. With the recent attention [...]

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John Griffin

Much of what most people know about rabies are actually myths. These untruths spawned generalized fear for some wildlife species and even domesticated pets that coexist with humans. This course [...]

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Diane Robinson

When disasters strike, media organizations never fail in providing updates and highlighting the response efforts in the affected communities. These reports are not without a sprinkling of human interests stories [...]

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Jessica Rock

The concept of ‘The Link’ establishes the correlation of animal cruelty to other crimes. Collateral crimes run the gamut from interpersonal violence, gangs to gambling, drugs and even homicide. This [...]

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Richard Samuels
Michelle Welch

People, especially those living in the cities are not aware that cockfighting continues to exist to this day. It is prevalent especially in more rural and secluded areas – where the [...]

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Claudine Wilkins

The urgency in the need to address animal abuse is established through the well-supported findings that link animal cruelty to other crimes. Awareness of animal law can definitely still be [...]

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Terry Mills

Animal fighting is one of the most barbaric crimes out there. The scene and aftermath of such fights, with bloodied if not dead animals, are just downright gruesome. This may [...]

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Adam Leath

Animals of different species showcased on pet stores look appealing to people who want to take these animals home as pets. But there’s a lot going on behind the [...]

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Adam Ricci

In arenas that deal with emergency response and public safety, it is best to be prepared for things not to go as planned. Change can be scary – but it is [...]

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Nick Lippincott
Dan DeSousa

The last time Dan De Sousa and Nick Lippincott was together for a Justice Clearinghouse webinar, they discussed animal law in their respective jurisdictions related to dangerous and vicious dogs. [...]

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Michelle Welch

Animal hoarding cases are tedious – just the sheer number of animals in such cases and the logistics involved can be challenging. Add the difficulty of as well as treading the [...]

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Dr. J Tischendorf

Most of the time, animals are a source of joy and love. While they are typically amazing, they can pose risks too by transmitting infectious diseases to humans. On this [...]

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Dr. Peggy Rothbaum

It’s been said that working in public service is a vocation – a higher calling – selflessly giving one’s time and energy to protect and improve other’s lives. But [...]

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Amy Taylor
Michelle Welch

Winning animal law cases rely heavily on evidence, so it is best to go all out on investigation to build a strong case and make that conviction. Virginia is one [...]

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Jennifer H. Chin

One of the qualities that make animal cruelty and fighting cases unique and also complicated are the live evidence. The animals who suffered neglect, maltreatment or cruelty are seized from [...]

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Adam Leath

  We live in a world surrounded by social media.  Those who perpetrate animal abuse are all too eager to share information on numerous social media sites. The trained investigator [...]

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Lynsey White

Animal care and control agencies are tasked with responding to issues within communities related to companion animals as well as wildlife. But not every agency practices humane treatment of animals, [...]

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Janee’ Boswell

Back in 2013, Colorado was devastated by a natural disaster that affected 17 counties with lives lost, properties destroyed or damaged, and families and animals displaced – at least $2 billion worth of losses. [...]

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Claudine Wilkins

Over the past few years, more attention is drawn to the gravity of animal cruelty cases and how it often coexists with other link crimes as domestic abuse, fraud, drug [...]

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Andrew Campbell

Living in a home where domestic violence occurs tend to have a negative effect to its inhabitants. It is a common misconception that kids do not get affected by volatile [...]

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Michael M. Brown
John Thompson

Animal welfare personnel are some of those in the public sector whose roles are often questioned. It takes character to assert authority without stepping on others’ toes – a little something [...]

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Michelle Welch

For some courts, animal cruelty cases are not given as much time or attention, a complete injustice to animals that have been neglected and harmed. Thus, it is important to [...]

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Nick Lippincott

Animals have proven themselves useful to humans for a long time – from assisting with hunting, farming, transport and more recently, as a source of joy, affection, and emotional support. Currently, [...]

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Michelle Welch

Investigation and prosecution are two complex aspects of criminal justice. This gets even more tricky when the law to be applied is relatively new. Brought about by a new awareness [...]

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Adam Ricci

Awareness on the importance of taking animal cruelty cases seriously and its link to more heinous crime has greatly improved in the last few years. There are more initiatives towards [...]

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Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM

When people talk about investigations and case, the most common individuals envisioned to be involved in these are police officers, detectives, and lawyers. Rarely are veterinarians what would be a [...]

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Leigh Anne Garrard

The link between animal cruelty and other forms of violent crimes is being recognized by more and more sectors that are involved in the cases. This awareness is creating an [...]

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Nick Lippincott
Dan DeSousa

Videos of dogs doing smart, crazy and stupid things can make one think that they're angels. Most dog owners see their pets as their child or their best friend – the [...]

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Michelle Welch

Various research and numerous cases have substantiated the link between animal abuse to other forms of violent crime.  And for this webinar, Michelle Welch will discuss this phenomenon, providing case [...]

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Jessica Rock

Animal cruelty is now recognized as a legitimate crime and has been gaining more and more support from all concerned sectors. As a relatively novel crime, it is not without [...]

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Michelle Welch

The Justice Clearinghouse have covered a couple of times the subject of animal cruelty and its link to other cases. The courses have tackled different aspects of animal cruelty, its [...]

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Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM

Dogs have proven themselves to be helpful and dependable companions that a selected few are even trained to be part of law enforcement’s K9 unit. Dogs are subject to [...]

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Mary Lou Randour, Ph.D.
Dan DeSousa

Numerous researches have proven the correlation between animal cruelty and violence to humans. Cases of animal abuse were found to mostly occur in households where domestic violence happens. Minors who [...]

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Andrew Campbell

Children who witnessed abuse or have been abused themselves are at a higher risk to become violent during adulthood. Several studies have established the link between animal abuse and other [...]

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John Thompson

72.9 million US households report to having at least one pet – that means one in every 5 American has a dog, cat or other pets. These days, more and more household treat [...]

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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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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 often think [...]

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Articles

Webinar presenter John Griffin answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Wildlife and Rabies.  Here are just a few of his responses.     Audience Question: Is there [...]

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  Whether a domestic violence situation, the challenges of poverty, or even being evacuated in the event of a natural disaster, what affects humans, also affects our animal companions. What [...]

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Webinar presenter Diane Robinson answered a number of your questions after her presentation, ICS and Legal Considerations for Animals in Natural Disaster Response. Here are just a few of her [...]

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  Webinar presenter Jessica Rock answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Creating an Animal Abuse Task Force: How Law Enforcement Can Work With Local Resources to Investigate [...]

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  Webinar presenter Andrew Campbell answered a number of your questions after his presentation, A Day in the Life: How Exposure to Community Violence Affects Children. Here are just a [...]

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Webinar presenters Richard Samuels and  Michelle Welch answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Advanced Cock Fighting Investigations and Prosecutions. Here are just a few of their responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenter Claudine Wilkins answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Prosecutor and Law Enforcement Tools in Animal Abuse Cases.  Here are just a few of her responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenter Terry Mills answered a number of your questions after his presentation, What Dog Fighters Don't Want You to Know: Considerations for the Justice Professional.  Here are just a [...]

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Webinar presenter Adam Leath answered a number of your questions after his presentation, The Retail Sale of Pets: What Investigative Agencies Need to Know.  Here are just a few of [...]

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Webinar presenter Adam Ricci answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Leading the Chaos.    Here are just a few of his responses.     Audience Question:  How do [...]

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Webinar presenter Andrew Campbell answered a number of your questions after his presentation, War in the Womb: Pregnant Partner Violence and Associated Risks for Mother and Fetus.    Here are just [...]

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Webinar presenters Dan DeSousa and Nick Lippincott answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Reducing Recidivism: Creating a Responsible Pet Ownership Program.  Here are just a few of [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Jay Tischendorf answered a number of your questions after his presentation, The Wild World of Zoonotic Disease.    Here are just a few of his responses.   Audience [...]

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Webinar presenter Michelle Welch answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Drowning in Dogs, Cats, Horses...  Here are just a few of her responses.   Audience Question:  The [...]

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Webinar presenter Lynsey White answered a number of your questions after her presentation, How Shelters Can Make Policies More Humane for Wildlife.   Here are just a few of her responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenter Adam Leath answered a number of your questions after his presentation, The Use of Social Media to Investigate Animal Crime.   Here are just a few of his responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenter Amy Taylor and Michelle Welch answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Advanced Techniques in Dog Fighting Investigations.   Here are just a few of their responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Peggy Rothbaum answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Protecting the Protector: Who's Taking Care of You?   Here are just a few of her responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenter Claudine Wilkins answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Criminal Cases Involving Multi-Animal Impounds. Here are just a few of her responses.   Audience Question: Listed [...]

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Webinar presenter Janee Boswell answered a number of your questions after her presentation, 2013 Colorado Floods: Boulder's Emergency Animal Air Rescues. A Military and Animal Control Collaboration. Here are just a [...]

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Webinar presenter Andrew Campbell answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Domestically Violent Homes: Threats of Harm for Children. Here are just a few of his responses.   [...]

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Webinar presenter Michelle Welch of the Virginia Attorney General's Office answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Advanced Techniques for Dog Fighting Prosecutions. Here are just a few [...]

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Webinar presenters John Thompson and Mike Brown answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Keeping Animal Care and Control Personnel Safe. Here are [...]

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During his NSA/NACA webinar with Mike Brown, John Thompson shared this great reminder about the importance of taking ownership of one's own personal safety and the role it plays [...]

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We loved this statement Michelle Welch made during her webinar, Advanced Techniques for Dog Fighting Prosecutions, about the importance of keeping perspective and being willing to humble yourself to have [...]

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Webinar presenter and NACA Board Member Nick Lippincott answered a number of your questions after his presentation, From Guide Dogs to Therapy Squirrels: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Animal [...]

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Adam Ricci provided a wealth of information during his webinar, Advanced Components of Animal Cruelty Investigations. Here's just one of his reminders for investigators. “Your interaction with a scene immediately [...]

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Webinar presenter Michelle Welch answered a number of your questions after her presentation, “Creating an Animal Abuse & Cruelty Unit.” Here are a few of her responses.   Audience Question: [...]

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Webinar presenter Adam Ricci answered a number of your questions after his presentation, “Advanced Components of Animal Cruelty Investigations.” Here are a few of his responses.   Audience Question: One [...]

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We know sentiments like this are as the result of our incredible team of people and associations we work with. A special thanks to these extraordinary partners, National Law Enforcement [...]

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Dr. Mary Lou Randour the Animal Welfare Institute and Dan DeSousa of San Diego County's Animal Service Department  shared some incredible insights and advice during their webinar, “Animal Cruelty Reporting: [...]

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Michelle Welch of the Virginia Attorney General's Office shared some incredible insights and advice during her webinar, "Combatting Cock Fighting: What Investigators and Prosecutors Need to Know." Here’s just [...]

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Dr. Martha Smith Blackmore shared some incredible insights and advice during her webinar, "Working with Your Veterinarian to Document Animal Maltreatment." Here's just one snippet from the show.   Click [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Martha Smith Blackmore answered a number of your questions after her presentation, "Working with Your Vet to Document Animal Maltreatment." Here are a few of her responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenters Dan DeSousa and Nick Lippincott answered a number of your questions after their presentation, "Bad Dogs, Bad Dogs Whatcha Gonna Do? The Designation and Regulation of Vicious/Dangerous [...]

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Webinar presenter Michelle Welch  answered a number of your questions after her presentation, “The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Abuse.” Here are a few of her responses.   Audience [...]

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Webinar presenter Michelle Welch answered a number of your questions after his presentation  "What Investigators and Prosecutors Need to Know about Building Cases Against Cock Fighting Perpetrators." Here are a [...]

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Webinar presenters Dr. Mary Lou Randour and Dan DeSousa answered a number of your questions after their presentation, "Animal Cruelty Reporting: What Law Enforcement and Justice Professionals Need to Know." [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore answered a number of your questions after her presentation, "Opioids, Animal Welfare and K9 Safety." Here are a few of her responses.   [...]

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During a recent Justice Clearinghouse interview, John Thompson shared a super insight about the importance of learning, and how growth doesn't stop after attending a national conference or training.   &[...]

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In response to the ever-increasing expense of training, Starting in January 2019, the National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA) will be partnering with Justice Clearinghouse to offer webinars on a [...]

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Webinar presenter Andrew Campbell of Campbell Research Consulting answered a number of your questions after his presentation, "Bad to the Bone: Pet Abuse, Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence.&[...]

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Andrew Campbell shared such incredible information during his webinar, "Bad to the Bone: Pet Abuse, Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence." "Pets often absorb the fear of their family members [...]

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Such incredible findings from Andrew Campbell's webinar, "Bad to the Bone: Pet Abuse, Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence." "75% of abused women report their intimate partner has threatened or harmed [...]

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Such incredible findings from Andrew Campbell's webinar, "Bad to the Bone: Pet Abuse, Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence." "Animals are at 11x greater risk for abuse in a home [...]

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Such incredible findings from Andrew Campbell's webinar, "Bad to the Bone: Pet Abuse, Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence." "75% of the pet abuse that occurs in the home is seen [...]

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John Thompson of the National Sheriffs' Association shared such an important reminder about the effects of officer-involved shootings of dogs, during his webinar, "Officer, Why'd You Shoot My Dog?" "When [...]

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Webinar presenter John Thompson of the National Sheriffs Association answered a number of your questions after his presentation, "Officer, Why'd You Shoot My Dog?" Here are a [...]

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Christina McCale

For some people, the idea of having to testify in a court case might be as appealing as getting a root canal. But for many justice professionals, the concept of [...]

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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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