National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse

NLECAA National Partners

The American Humane Association is leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society to protect children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect.  They reach millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses.  

The AHA has various trainings and also offer remote and on-the-ground support with investigations and responses.

Justin Scally, National Director


The Criminal Justice Program of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) provides law enforcement officers and prosecutors with a full spectrum of support services to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.  The experienced legal team provides free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases, works to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes, encourages the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws, and provides public education through seminars, workshops and other outreach efforts.  

Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)
ALDF Resources

Lora Dunn, Staff Attorney


Animal Welfare Institute
Recognizing the connection between family violence and animal abuse, the Animal Welfare Institute actively pursues partnerships with other organizations to offer resources, programs, and policies that address this important relationship.

AWI Animals and Family Violence

Mary Lou Randour, Senior Advisor for Animal Cruelty Programs and Training




Association of Prosecuting Attorneys 

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) is a national 501(c)(3) organization made up of elected and appointed prosecuting attorneys from throughout the nation.  APA provides a national technical assistance network and has partnered with various animal welfare and other law enforcement organizations to hold an annual Animal Abuse and Fighting Summit to continue to develop ideas to combat animal cruelty and fighting.

Association of Prosecuting Attorneys 
State Criminal Animal Protection Laws
Animal Cruelty and Fighting Program

David LaBahn, President & CEO


Forensic sciences at the University of Florida had been distributed between the Colleges of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Liberal Arts and Sciences.  These colleges and their various sub-units have been integrated into the Maples Center resulting in several advantages. The Maples Center for Forensic Medicine is the first center in the State University System focused on Forensic Medicine. It uniquely provides medicolegal capabilities for education, research, service and outreach for the benefit of university students and faculty, forensic science professionals, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and citizens of the State of Florida. The Maples Center for Forensic Medicine works cooperatively with other programs to integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge in all areas of the forensic sciences.


The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the only organization with the nation’s leading experts on dogfighting, cockfighting, puppy mills and illegal animal cruelty.  They provide law enforcement with a team of investigators; a fully equipped rescue response team; comprehensive shelter services for rescued animals; puppy mill and animal fighting tip lines; a $5,000 reward for the arrest of animal fighters and illegal puppy mill operators; a mobile forensic animal crimes lab; free law enforcement training on cruelty and fighting investigations; and the nation’s most extensive database of puppy mill operations and animal fighting suspects. 

Resources for Cruelty, Fighting, and Puppy Mills
Animal Rescue Team
Law Enforcement Training
Humane Law Enforcement Awards

Ashley Mauceri, Manager of Animal Cruelty Response


The Animal Law and History Web Center is a project of the Michigan State University College of Law, under the editorship of Professor David Favre and Rebecca Wisch. The goals of the Center are: to provide a Web Library of legal and policy materials as relates to animals; to provide expert explanation of the materials for both the lawyer and the non-lawyer; and, to provide an historical perspective about social and legal attitudes toward animals, and how we got to our present perspective. The site contains a comprehensive repository of information about animal law, including: over 1200 full text cases (US, historical, and UK), over 1400 US statutes, over 60 topics and comprehensive explanations, legal articles on a variety of animal topics and an international collection.


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.
Disaster Database
ACO Training Academy Info

George W. Harding, IV  MBA CAWA
Executive Director


The National Canine Research Council is committed to preserving the human-canine bond.  They publish, underwrite, and reprint accurate, documented, reliable research to promote a better understanding of our relationship with dogs. The NCRC makes grants to universities, independent research organizations and independent scholars.  They also conduct their own research on contemporary issues that impact the human-canine bond, including the dynamics of popular attitudes toward dogs and canine aggression; public health reporting on dog bites; public policy concerning companion animals; and media reporting on dogs.

National Canine Reasearch Council
When Dogs and Police Meet:  New Series of videos to Keep Everyone Safe

Elizabeth Arps, Manager of Research and Public Policy Services


The National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) models, promotes, and delivers excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership

Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO)- NCAC Professional Bibliographies provides guides to the literature for practitioners working with children and adolescents who have been sexually, emotionally or physically abused

NCAC hosts two national conferences: the National Symposium on Child abuse and the National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention

The NCAC Training Center, Huntsville, AL, is one of the leading providers of quality training for professionals working with abused children and their families.  Training sessions are available On Campus, Online, Customized Training- On Location, and through a professional conference 

Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO)
NCAC Training Center
NCAC National Conferences

Chris Newlin, Executive Director


The National District Attorney’s Association represent the views of prosecutors to influence federal and national policies and programs that affect law enforcement and prosecution.  The National Center for the Prosecution of Animal Abuse (NCPAA) is a program of the NDAA, along with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), to educate and train prosecutors and allied professionals on the effective handling of animal cruelty and neglect cases, including cases involving the co-occurrence of animal abuse and violence to people.  

National District Attorney’s Association
National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse (NCPAA)
NCPAA Brochure
Animal Abuse
Newsletter and Mailing

Allie Phillips, Director


The National Link Coalition was formed in 2008 as an independent collaboration among law enforcement, prosecution, child abuse, domestic violence, animal welfare, elder abuse and veterinary organizations. Our mission is to promote and disseminate research, public policy, programming, and public awareness of how animal abuse is linked with other forms of family and community violence. We emphasize multidisciplinary approaches leading to more effective prevention, protection and prosecution. 


Phil Arkow, Coordinator


The Native America Humane Society’s mission is to restore the Native tradition of honoring all beings by providing information, support, and resources for animal protection programs in Indian country. 


Native America Humane Society

Diana Webster, President and Founder