Animal Hoarding: What Criminal Justice Professionals Need to Know

October 24, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Animal Hoarding affects communities across the globe. Although it is not a new phenomenon, authorities have been employing new and innovative ways to approach the problem. With the recent attention given to the topic by national media outlets, communities have marveled at the unbelievable conditions hoarders create for themselves and animals. However, in order to effect positive change for all parties involved, communities must be proactive instead of reactive. Hoarders have a 100% recidivism rate without appropriate intervention. The time to think about how hoarding will impact your community isn’t when the case is reported to the media. This portion of the course will outline some of the proactive measures your community can employ to handle some of its best-kept secrets (hoarders) and will review recent trends in establishing community-based responses.

PRESENTER: Based out of Daytona Beach, Florida, Adam Leath is the Director of Volusia County Animal Services. There he investigates and responds to situations involving animal victims of natural disasters and animal cruelty cases. Leath was, formerly, the Southeast Regional Director of the Field Investigations and Response Team at the ASPCA.  There he aided jurisdictions at the local, state, and federal levels investigating crimes against animals. While in that position, Leath led one of the largest operations in ASPCA history with the seizure of over 1,000 animals in August of 2016. Leath also successfully investigated one of the largest cockfighting cases in Florida history, resulting in the seizure of more than 650 birds and numerous arrests. Leath has responded to multiple dogfighting operations throughout his time at the ASPCA, including the second largest dog fighting bust in U.S. history in 2013, resulting in the seizure of more than 400 dogs.