Investigating Animal Cruelty

The ASPCA and the Nashville Humane Society invite law enforcement personnel to a seminar designed to teach ways to investigate animal cruelty.

Posted: September 28, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Nashville Humane Society and the Animal Control Association of Tennessee will present a free seminar, “Investigating Animal Cruelty,” Oct. 3 and 4, at the Hotel Preston in Nashville, Tenn. Members of the ASPCA’s National Outreach Department and Humane Law Enforcement unit will present the seminar to any interested law enforcement personnel.

Featured topics will include:
 A review of animal cruelty law origins and animal cruelty’s link to other crimes
 How to prepare a case that can be successfully prosecuted
 An analysis of a cruelty case
 An explanation of Tennessee’s animal cruelty law
 An examination of the psychology of animal hoarders
 A safety procedures discussion and how to interact with unfamiliar animals
 An animal fighting overview and tips for identifying animal fighting
 Veterinarians’ role in reporting animal cruelty
 How to conduct a horse abuse investigation

All people involved in law enforcement — such as police, prosecutors, judges, animal control and SPCA peace officers — are invited to attend. Veterinarians are welcome as well. For more information about the seminar, contact Amanda Partin at (615) 354-6344, or visit the ASPCA website.

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Sarah    Parkville, MD

7/18/2009 10:35:51 AM

I've noticed lately that many of the animal cruelty act have beendone by children! What are parents teaching or not teaching their little antichrists. Children torture these innocent animals, and then when they retaliate, its the pet and their owners that get the blame. People should think before they have kids, but thats another topic.

Katie Cooper    Burkesville, KY

10/13/2007 7:25:17 PM

I need help about a family that is basically running a puppy mill.. They do home surgeries and self medications.. Please help me!!!

gina    wilson, PA

9/28/2006 8:13:08 AM

Animal cruelty is far to common these days and not investigated thoroughly. I've overheard people including police say, 'It's only an animal, we're not gonna put a lot of effort into finding who did this'. Is that sick or what?? Just go to Channel 10 News online and put 'kitten killed' in the search box. Sadly, 102 results come up. The world is sick!! My cats are better friends than any human friend I've ever had, so why aren't these criminals punished more severely. Something needs to be done and soon. Pet owners must stop letting their animals outside to roam freely. With these kind of people around, the animals might never come home.

tiffeny    easton, PA

9/28/2006 8:03:51 AM

I firmly believe that animal cruelty should be investigated more thouroghly and should be punished with a higher degree of criminal charges than it it currently. First of all, animals are living things and are regarded as pets. My pets are just like people to me. And I believe that they should be thought of as people in the eyes of the law. Second, for those people that don't feel that way, I do believe that animal cruelty one of the first signs of a serial killer!!
A kitten was just brutally killed in Pleasantville,NJ by three teenage boys. They were charged with cruelty to animals and conspiracy but then released into their parents care. WOW big deal. I want to see some justice for that kitten. That kitten didn't asked to be born and then it gets severally tortured. Something is wrong with this picture. MAYBE PEOPLE SHOULD THINK BEFORE LETTING THERE ANIMALS STRAY OUTSIDE!!

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