ASPCAPro.org is hosting a free one-hour webinar on “Unique Aspects of Processing Animal Crime Scenes” on Thursday, March 14 at 3 p.m. Eastern time. This free webinar will be hosted by Amanda Fitch, Forensic Analyst, ASPCA Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program – University of Florida’s Maples Center for Forensic Medicine. This webinar is part of the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse/ASPCA webinar Prosecuting Animal Cruelty webinar series.
The following information on this webinar is from the ASPCAPro website:
“In recent years, the laws pertaining to animal cruelty have evolved significantly to include misdemeanor and felony level offenses. Because these convictions can carry significant sentences, judges and juries want to see the same standard of evidence handling and processing that would be applied to human cases. In order to meet this need, criminal animal case processing is evolving to include forensic testing, as well as specialized techniques and protocols.
While many of the same forensic procedures used for human crime scenes can also be used on animal crime scenes, many prosecutors, investigators, and crime scene analysts are unfamiliar with evidence processing related to animal crimes, including the animals themselves (and sometimes hundreds of them).
We will discuss why it may be necessary to adapt standard crime scene processing procedures when using them on an animal crime scene and especially before the scene processing begins. We will talk about necessary documentation and the types of evidence that are often associated with hoarding scenes, puppy mills, and fighting rings.”
Click here to register for the webinar.
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About ASPCAPro.org (from the website)
“ASPCApro.org provides tools and resources for animal welfare professionals and advocates like you, including public and private animal protection organizations and rescue groups, veterinarians, law enforcement agencies, and emergency responders. We’ve gathered information and knowledge from our experts, along with profiles, sample materials, and inspiration from proven programs in the field, for you to share and use.”