Animal cruelty cases can be tricky due to the evidence and reporting collateral crimes to other agencies is important. Whether you are dealing with a case involving one animal or multiple animals, it is important to investigate and prepare the case for successful prosecution.
This presentation is ideal for law enforcement, animal control officers, prosecutors, 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. Federal al and State Departments of each, Attorney General, Internal Revenue Service, Environmental Protection Departments, Health Departments; Licensing Boards, Department of Child Services, Domestic Violence Interceptors, Department of Agriculture & U.S.D.A., Department of Justice, other Organizations like those offering to hold animals until the case is resolved); evidence gathering and codification; types of evidence; crime scene security, what to include in search warrants; handling live evidence and triage of animals on site if multi-animals are involved, safety for animals and personnel on site and liability issues; experts to consider; suggestions for arrest warrants, conditions bonds and sentencing options for defendants; easy access and sharing of evidence to other agencies; presenting evidence to jury or judge; successful convictions; and troubleshooting.
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.
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.