Criminal Cases Involving Multi-Animal Impounds

Criminal Cases Involving Multi-Animal Impounds
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-05-21
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Criminal Cases Involving Multi-Animal Impounds
Unit 2 Recording: Criminal Cases Involving Multi-Animal Impounds

Multi-animal impounds can occur in urban and rural areas and they can very difficult to coordinate. The cost involved with these cases can run high and relinquishment or utilizing pre-conviction forfeiture tools is important. Media attention on these cases are trending and having your case run smoothly is a key to successful prosecutions.

This presentation is ideal for law enforcement, animal control officers, prosecutors, veterinarians, animal rescue and animal shelter professionals, new employees and supervisors too. Attendees will learn to initiate the case; resource procurement and coordination; cross-reporting to agencies that may be involved (e.g. attorney general, internal revenue service, environmental protection departments, health departments; licensing boards);  evidence gathering and codification; types of evidence; crime scene security, mapping and volunteer/professional check-in stations; what to include in search warrants;  handling live evidence and triage of animals on site; safety for animals and personnel on site and liability issues; man-made disaster preparedness; experts to consider; suggestions for arrest warrants, conditions bonds and sentencing options for defendants;  things to consider in the weeks after impound is complete;  easy access and sharing of evidence; presenting evidence to jury or judge; successful convictions; and out-of-the-box concepts and troubleshooting.





The National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse was established by the National Sheriffs’ Association to provide law enforcement officers information on the realities of animal abuse and to promote their proactive involvement in the enforcement of animal abuse laws in their communities. Through our partners, the Center will serve as an information clearinghouse and forum for law enforcement on the growing problem of animal abuse and its link to other types of crimes, including violence against humans. The Center also promotes officer safety in officer-dog encounters through continuing education and training.




The National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) was formed in 1978 for the express purpose of assisting its members to perform their duties in a professional manner. We believe only carefully selected and properly trained animal control personnel can correct community problems resulting from irresponsible animal ownership. NACA’s purpose is to preserve the Human/Animal Bond by insisting on responsible animal ownership.



Audience Comments:

  • “Checklists! When dealing with many dogs, it’s hard to remember everything needed.” –Lisa
  • “I enjoy webinars such as this due to my deep care for animals and I feel, at least in my experiences, that many individuals do not see the significance of animal abuse in relation to other elements of abuse and/or cases.” –Leigh
  • “I appreciate the discussion regarding all the things not to overlook when documenting a crime scene.” –Kay
  • “I appreciated the information on which agencies to contact when dealing with a case where business transactions from the owner/breeder were involved.” –Kevin
  • “Some of the checklists for hoarding are very valuable. Also learning about particular states’ various laws might provide useful information in designing legislation for other states and municipalities.” –Beth
** This webinar has been certified by the National Sheriff’s Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units through your POST. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details. Paid subscribers that attend will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Sheriffs' Association logo.
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