Improving Public Safety by Stopping Animal Cruelty: The LINK

June 16, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm

“If somebody is harming an animal, there’s a good chance they also are hurting a human,” notes John Thompson of the National Animal Care and Control Association. With four types of cruelty to animals now included in the FBI’s NIBRS process, animal abuse is recognized as a serious crime in its own right and a predictor of family, youth, community, and organized violence. This seminar will discuss how specialized animal crimes units, law enforcement and prosecutors’ offices and veterinary forensics teams are responding to animal abuse to also prevent domestic, elder, and child abuse.