Maine Pre-Approved CEUs

 

 

In addition to completing the initial Animal Control Officer Certification online course, ACO’s in the State of Maine must also complete 8 hours of additional training annually to maintain their ACO certification.

The following webinars have been pre-approved for Maine CEUs.

For more information about Certification, required annual training, or submitting materials for credit, please visit Maine’s Animal Control Officer Resource Page. 

Upcoming Webinars

Nancy Lawson
John Griffin
06 / 04 / 2024

Our gardens and landscapes couldn't flourish without wildlife, but a significant volume of complaint calls about various wildlife species arise out of the public's interactions with animals like chipmunks, deer, [...]

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Jace Huggins
06 / 27 / 2024

Our brains are amazing at making connections, doing work, and making decisions without us ever realizing it. Like when you drive home and realize as you're parking that you don't [...]

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Phil Arkow
07 / 16 / 2024

For far too long, social work has conspicuously ignored companion animals’ impact on human well-being and functioning, the powerful human-animal attachments that enhance or hinder clients’ responses to interventions, and [...]

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Jessica Dolce
07 / 25 / 2024

The past few years in animal welfare have been especially difficult, leaving many profoundly depleted. Given the challenges in our field, what can we do to care for ourselves, our [...]

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Dave Pauli
08 / 01 / 2024

This webinar will explore the issues, the challenges, and the opportunities for agencies and individuals to promote non-lethal snake policies and protocols.  We will cover a brief overview of snake [...]

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Linda Fielder
08 / 22 / 2024

The persistence of cockfighting in the U.S. territories is a serious issue, but it is not strictly a territorial one. Even though federal law makes it a crime to “[...]

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Timothy L. Fuss
08 / 29 / 2024

This webinar is designed to provide an overview of what emotional intelligence is and its components.  With a better understanding of ourselves, we can better detect triggers that can cause [...]

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Sarah Boyd
09 / 17 / 2024

Back by popular demand: innovative ideas for community engagement that build trust and prevent crime. Learn how law enforcement agencies are using creativity to connect with many different segments of [...]

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Spencer Conover
09 / 19 / 2024

In this engaging presentation, we delve into the nuanced concept of the "Letter of the Law vs Spirit of the Law" as it pertains to animal care and control practices. [...]

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Lynsey White
10 / 01 / 2024

While generally very elusive animals that most people never catch a glimpse of, sightings of and conflicts with bobcats have increased in some communities across the U.S. This webinar [...]

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Jessica Chapman
David Rosengard
11 / 05 / 2024

The animal law movement has, for the most part, been successful in showing society that animal cruelty is a problem. Now, a dynamic and evolving area of focus is creating [...]

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Recorded Webinars

Jessica Chapman

There are complexities and challenges that come with advocating for animals in tribal nations. For advocates who want to pursue the best outcomes for both the people within indigenous populations [...]

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Katharine Manning

Working in helping professions can take a toll on one’s wellness. Given the existing problem with recruitment and retention in these roles, it becomes imperative that individuals take ownership [...]

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Dr. Jyothi Robertson
Angel Guzmán
José Ocaño

The nature of jobs in the public safety realm is stressful – this looks like long hours, demanding tasks, heavy workloads, traumatic events, and a sense of it being a thankless [...]

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John Griffin

Reuniting young animals with parents is always far better than raising them in captivity. Doing so also removes the burden from wildlife rehabilitators who are already taxed with legitimate wildlife [...]

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Barbara L. Gould

Working in the corrections setting requires communicating with some of the most unpredictable characters in the community. The Ask, Tell, Make approach was developed in the late 70s, but recent [...]

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Michelle Welch

Prosecutors handling high-profile cases, particularly those involving animal rights often attract significant media attention and public scrutiny. All of that can take a toll on one’s well-being. Michelle Welch [...]

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Ray Nash

The Inductive Interview System was developed in an attempt to have an effective interviewing process for law enforcement that reduces common pitfalls from previous approaches. After numerous Justice Clearinghouse presentations [...]

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Wes Dotson

Individuals with autism are 4 to 7 times more likely to have encounters with law enforcement than the general public. Characteristics distinct to autism typically put people on the spectrum at greater [...]

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Jennifer Toussaint

Public safety and helping professions are typically struggling with a surplus in workload while operating on a shortage of resources. Collaboration often serves as the secret ingredient that allows these [...]

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Michael Gomez

How the public safety and helping professions dealt with the demands, stress, and even trauma that came with the field is through a traditionally tough guy “Can’t take the [...]

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Alex Saragusa
Jake Becchina
Mindy Earle
Sarah Boyd
Kate Kimble

In an era where law enforcement faces heightened scrutiny, fostering trust within the community has become critically important. Such conditions require approaches beyond traditional engagement methods that may no longer [...]

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Joe Smarro

Mastering effective communication stands as a cornerstone for success in both personal and professional realms. This webinar goes into the art and science of communication, teaching approaches to enhance both [...]

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Marc Hildebrand

Given the demands and pressure of the criminal justice profession, burnout just seems somewhat inevitable. This, however, doesn’t have to be the case as Marc Hildebrand joins the Justice [...]

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Hilary Anne Hager

The animal welfare and control profession is a rewarding industry. However, it does come with challenges as the job is demanding which takes a toll on the employees’ wellness. Compassion [...]

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Chris Chandler Yates

To say that having to witness critical, traumatic events in people’s lives that could be a matter of life and death is stressful is probably an understatement. For the [...]

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Kathleen Wood
Katherine Youssouf

This webinar delves into the intricate intersection of psychology and legal considerations in the realm of animal law. Animal abuse has been linked to broader antisocial behavior – by conducting pre-sentence [...]

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Al Cobos

How to make communication effective within organizations? How to get buy-in, not just compliance, from followers? How can teams and agencies be better through a zero-cost way? Al Cobos returns [...]

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Kate Kimble

Social media created an interesting twist to human interactions. Sometimes, for some people, it can become so toxic that a social media detox is needed for mental well-being. The negativity [...]

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Michelle Welch

The legal system faces challenges when it comes to animal cruelty cases due to a lack of familiarity with animal law statutes and investigative processes. Such is the case when [...]

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Katharine Manning

Working in the criminal justice system means being regularly exposed to trauma on top of the stress and demands of the job, as well as the challenges that we all [...]

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Claudine Wilkins

There are roughly 80 million dogs in US homes as family pets and every 40 seconds someone in the US seeks medical attention for a dog bite. In this comprehensive discussion, Claudine [...]

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Linda Fielder

Animal cruelty cases are unusual and highly nuanced – in between unconventional witnesses, victims, and evidence and lack of awareness, it can get pretty tricky to investigate and prosecute. The Animal [...]

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Ray Nash

When it comes to interviewing in the law enforcement setting, rapport-building tends to be overlooked. Building rapport is crucial to extract as much information from suspects, victims, or witnesses. This [...]

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Jack Harris

In branches of the criminal justice field, people are exposed to situations where anger is likely. And while everyone experiences anger, how we express, manage, and respond to it may [...]

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Jennifer Toussaint

Animal care and control agencies are receiving and responding to community calls relating to native wildlife despite resource and manpower shortages. When the demand is greater than the supply, service [...]

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Angelina Martin

These days, social media marketing is a valuable skill for just about any entity that wants to reach and engage with its target audience. The same is true for the [...]

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Danielle Bays
Lynsey White

Cats and wildlife often go in conflict with each other. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) understands that despite the risk one poses for the other, it is [...]

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Harold Holmes

Animal control officers are responsible for upholding the law and protecting animals. Part of their roles is the need to make difficult ethical decisions every day that balance the needs [...]

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Emily Lewis

Prosecuting animal cruelty cases can present challenges like lack of evidence, limited resources, sentencing limits, and lack of awareness on the laws by both those within the criminal justice space [...]

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Terry Clark

Mindfulness can play a crucial role in supporting police work. By cultivating present-moment awareness and non-judgmental acceptance, police officers benefit in a greater sense of self-regulation, resilience, and empathy which [...]

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Wendy Hummell

Stress response is our body’s natural way of preparing us for high-risk or high-threat situations. Originally a protective factor, when the body spends too long in this state, it [...]

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Trevor Whipple

Community engagement and de-escalation are essential in the animal welfare profession. By taking on a guardian mindset instead of a warrior approach, animal welfare professionals are able to build trust, [...]

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John Griffin

The ideal deer habitat is forested areas with a mix of open grassy areas and dense vegetation. Deer, however, end up in urban areas due to characteristics of human settlements [...]

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Jace Huggins

Animal care and control agencies are traditionally and often viewed as dog catchers who are only there to fine community members for simple missteps they’ve had with their pets. [...]

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Phil Arkow

99% of US households see pets as family members or close companions. This same wonderful, feel-good statistic depicting the human-animal bond is being leveraged by abusers where pets become a pawn [...]

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Harold Holmes

The roles of police officers and animal control officers overlap and are bound by a common goal of safety for both people and animals. But these two areas of law [...]

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Joe Smarro

Getting community members to comply with established laws or specific conduct is one of the goals of first responders to keep order and safety within communities. Leaning into the authority [...]

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Jessica Chapman
David Rosengard

The One Health approach recognizes that animal welfare is critical, as the outcomes of animals impact the outcomes of humans and the whole ecosystem. This session explores animal welfare and [...]

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Lynsey White

Humans are using more and more areas for settlements. In the process, wildlife that also live within the areas being developed into communities may find themselves in conflict with humans. [...]

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Kathleen Wood
Emily Lewis

A crime scene is defined as the place where an offense has been committed and forensic evidence may be gathered. With this in mind, the bodies of animals serve as [...]

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Nick Walton

Community engagement may seem like a buzzword in the public safety spaces, a new program to adopt and then maybe replace with a new one in a few years. In [...]

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Margaret M. Crowley

One of the things that most people tend to avoid and have problem dealing with is conflict. The reason? A lot of us are not trained how to handle it [...]

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David Rosengard

The core mission of animal law is to get the legal system to recognize the experience and interests of animals. While their legal status can’t afford them rights, procedures [...]

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Nina Stively

There seems to be a never-ending influx of pets that want some space in your shelter, but the space available is always limited. When resources are finite yet there’s [...]

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Deborah Johnson

This is the second installment of Deborah Johnson’s webinar series on courtroom testimonies for expert witnesses. The first session looked into preparing for the trial – the importance of soft [...]

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Nick Walton

Animal control officers are playing a much larger role today in the reduction of shelter intake by choosing to identify and return stray dogs to their families without bringing them [...]

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Jennifer Toussaint

Disasters are inevitable, and with around 2/3 of US households with at least one pet or animal, it only makes sense to make sure that they are part of any disaster [...]

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Deborah Johnson

It’s not what you know but how well you’re able to communicate it. This is especially true in depositions and the court setting during testimonies. For individuals who [...]

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Shawna Weaver

The majority of American households have pets, and pets are seen as an integral part of the human family experience. Upholding public safety means taking pets into account in our [...]

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Jackalyn Rainosek

Change isn’t always easy especially when it isn’t something that we internally decide upon and instead brought about by external forces. Change, however, is also inevitable and something [...]

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Angelina Martin

Animal welfare organizations and the communities they serve have a symbiotic relationship. The community seeks the animal welfare agency’s help when they have situations that entail specialized skills and [...]

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Dave Pauli

Birds tend to be a welcome addition to human spaces – that is until instead of relaxing songs they create noisy caws, and instead of a pair perching by your window, [...]

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Robyn Katz
Dr. Kris Otteman DVM

More and more agencies across the US are understanding the concept of the Link – where animal cruelty typically coincides with other forms of family violence. With this comes the recognition [...]

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Adam Leath

Animal control and welfare agencies are challenged when it comes to resources. These challenges are further exasperated when they face animal hoarding cases. First, animal hoarding cases require space, manpower, [...]

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Kim Mosiman
Linda Fielder

Law enforcement agencies don’t always have familiarity with animal cruelty laws, and in the instance that they do,  it often only involves companion animals dogs and cats. Knowledge of [...]

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Adam Leath

Animal care and control agencies across the US experience similar issues in terms of shortage of resources – be it manpower or finances. But as with any government agency, they are [...]

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Phil Arkow

Professionals working in the human medical field are legally mandated to report suspected incidents of domestic, child, or elder abuse. Understanding the concept of the Link – how forms of family [...]

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Lynsey White

Conflicts between humans and wildlife seem to be inevitable. These are often because of a lack of awareness in humans. Specialized agencies and professionals are expected to handle these conflicts [...]

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Wes Dotson

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are more likely than the general population to have an involvement with the criminal justice system because of characteristics and behavior distinctive to them [...]

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Jessica Chapman
David Rosengard

Restorative justice can be traced back to traditions and justice systems of indigenous and pre-industrial societies where interactions and relationships between the victim and offender as community members may be [...]

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Scott Kirshner

When faced with a violent encounter, situational awareness could mean the difference between life and death. It is a critical element in closing up the gap between stimulus and response. [...]

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Jessica Simpson

Thirty to forty million renters across the country are at risk of being evicted from their homes due to the pandemic and resulting unemployment. this means that an estimated 10 to 11 [...]

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Harold Holmes

Administrative actions are found in a variety of places. Animal welfare and control agencies may be subjected to administrative actions when they infringe on property interests as they interact with [...]

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Thomas Dworak

We can all agree that decision making can be made more effective if there is some degree of rationality and emotional intelligence employed. Thomas Dworak unpacks emotional intelligence, decision-making, and [...]

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John Griffin

This is the second installment of the webinar series on Reuniting and Renesting Orphaned Wildlife. The first webinar talks about urban wildlife conflicts, reuniting steps and framework, and specific guidance [...]

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Phil Arkow

There's been a growing awareness on the Link of animal cruelty to forms of family violence thanks to the tireless efforts of various organizations. This webinar provides a comprehensive discussion [...]

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Linda Fielder
Emily Lewis

A collaborative approach is seen to be effective in the law enforcement and justice profession highlighting the importance of the different players’ roles in the case. In animal cruelty cases, [...]

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Charnita Fox
Marnie Russ
Jennifer Toussaint

For the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) in Virginia, euthanasia has been proven to be ineffective in successfully reducing community cat populations. With this in mind, they decided to [...]

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Anna Walton

More than being the middleman that collects information and relays it to the first responders on the field, the role of dispatchers has expanded and now involves actual call resolution [...]

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Erin Aiello
Janette Reever

The criminal justice system and its procedures are inherently complex. It requires anyone working within and those who find themselves dealing with it to be as comprehensive when it comes [...]

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Adam Leath

Those working in public safety and emergency response are exposed to significantly more stress and trauma-inducing critical incidents than the general population. Numerous efforts are being implemented by agencies in [...]

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Lynsey White

Problems with wildlife are often because of a lack of awareness in humans – even with the agencies and professionals who are expected to handle the conflicts on behalf of the [...]

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Jennifer Toussaint

As humans, we have some faults and misses when it comes to communicating. It can be in the form of listening to respond instead of understanding, injecting ourselves and our [...]

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Kerry Mensior

Have you ever found yourself dealing with a situation that was emotionally charged and where everyone there viewed you with mistrust and sometimes even hatred?  What about when someone you [...]

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Richard Samuels
Michelle Welch

Animal cruelty cases are complex. Mainly because not everyone in the criminal justice system is as versed with animal law, and handling animals poses real physical dangers to anyone responding [...]

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Tanya Smith
Tammy Thies

About a year or two ago, the documentary Tiger King roused the public’s awareness about an odd American subculture – one that breeds and raises big cats. Outside of the [...]

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Dave Pauli

It’s commonly thought that removing animals from urban areas and releasing them into the wild is humane. However, multiple studies show that this isn’t the truth and that [...]

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Jake Kamins

To get people to do things and follow specific rules, you tell them what to do. But for some, getting things etched in their memory requires a more creative approach. [...]

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Lori R. Todd

A lot of public safety agencies have difficulties when it comes to resources and must find ways to make things work. In between the lack of funds, needed equipment, and [...]

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David Rosengard

When people think of farmed animals, what comes to mind are chickens, cows, and pigs. Its legal definition however provides specific conditions for an animal to be part of this [...]

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Al Cobos

Getting people to mobilize around a goal isn’t always the easiest thing to do. The same goes for getting the community members into building relationships with law enforcement that [...]

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Jake Kamins

We all have some vague idea about how the justice system works, be it with how it is portrayed in the media, with how public trials are covered in the [...]

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David Rosengard

Meaningful progress in crime victims’ rights in the US truly shaped criminal justice. The best part, the past decade or so witnessed society’s recognition of the sentience of animals [...]

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John Griffin
Dave Pauli

Protect yourself and others and do no harm – these are the two primary guiding principles for organizations working with wildlife. But what does this exactly mean and look like? This [...]

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Easton McDonald
Megan Price

We all experience conflicts, and conflict resolution is a skill that is very valuable and can be applied to all the facets of our lives. For those working in law [...]

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Michelle Welch

Animal crimes can be tedious to investigate and prosecute but for small and rural law enforcement agencies, there are unique circumstances that make these even more challenging. Michelle Welch is [...]

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Trevor Whipple

People love animals. Sometimes the role of animals for their humans are so valuable that humans depend on them  for daily activities as in the case of service animals and [...]

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Madisen Taylor
Alicia Dease
Adam Leath

Animals are unpredictable, thus the job of an Animal Control Officer (ACOs) takes on the same nature. When expecting the unexpected, it always makes sense to come prepared, and for [...]

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Chris Brosan

When someone decides to be in the law enforcement profession, they might not necessarily be thinking of having to deal with animals and it is assumed that animals remain within [...]

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Michelle Welch

When it comes to making the call in terms of charging for animal law crimes, what the statute prescribes is essential, but context also plays a huge part in determining [...]

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Shannon Harkey

Public safety agencies are inundated with so much work and responsibilities that any initiative that can alleviate the workload and the accompanying stress and pressure is worth a try. Charlotte-Mecklenburg [...]

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David Rosengard

Animals have overlapping statuses in law. They are property, evidence, and victims of crime. Like any property, they cannot just be unlawfully seized or assigned to a different owner. And [...]

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John Griffin

Humans and animals are co-existing knowingly or unknowingly in communities. There is so much that humans must learn about wildlife to be able to interact with them better. Too often, [...]

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Nina Stively

When it comes to combatting crime and cruelty, would want to ensure that offenders are made accountable for the violence or negligence committed. When the victims are helpless and do [...]

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K. Campbell

If there’s anything that the last 12 months taught us, it is that things can go awry any moment, danger is always lurking, and it is critical to make personal [...]

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Michelle Welch

Between the lack of legal familiarity within the court, society’s oblivion to the suffering of animals, and the animals’ inability to testify on their experience and plight, proving animal [...]

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Adam Leath

The COVID-19 pandemic truly reshaped how we live and the criminal justice field is just one of the sectors affected by it. The new normal found its way to the [...]

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Dr. Jeff Fox, PhD

Some of the most pressing problems that entities both in the public and private sphere are facing right now boil down to ethics. Use of force, bribery, and corruption are [...]

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Dr. Kris Otteman DVM
Linda Fielder
Emily Lewis

The concept of the animal-human bond simply refers to the role that animals play in human’s lives. Veterinarians play a critical role in the animal-human bond with their duty [...]

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Adam Leath

Too often, employees come to their bosses for grievances in hopes that they can provide answers to their questions and solutions to their issues. But did it ever occur what [...]

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Beth Gammie

Probably one of the best developments that we’ve seen in the last few years related to critical event and disaster response is how agencies responsible for preparations and rescue [...]

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Trish McMillan
Diana Rayment

With how humans turned pets into family members, the only thing that would probably make things better is if we can talk with them. While actual verbal communication might remain [...]

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Lois James, PhD
Renée J. Mitchell, J.D., Ph.D.

Implicit bias is a hot issue that the Justice Clearinghouse has covered in past webinars. However, most of these past discussions centered on defining implicit bias and how it manifests. [...]

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David Rosengard

Animal law has gone leaps and bounds over the last few years in ensuring that animals are afforded protections from forms of cruelty. There’s still work to be done [...]

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Dave Pauli

The Justice Clearinghouse has provided numerous resources on humane means to handle human-wildlife conflict. While those working in the animal welfare and services organizations have been more and more mindful [...]

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Adam Leath

Animals are technically classified as property, and as such the protections afforded to animals are reliant on the property owner’s rights. It is critical that law enforcement and animal [...]

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Emily Lewis
David Rosengard

Understanding the status of animal in criminal animal cruelty cases may be a little bit more complex for those who are not as versed in this topic. This webinar, however, [...]

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Katie Campbell

This webinar will discuss the importance of cross-sector collaboration in supporting domestic violence survivors and their pets.  It will focus on overcoming barriers to creating pet-friendly programs at shelters and [...]

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Kimberly Miller

Bruce Lee is famously quoted for saying “Be Water, my friend,” but what does it exactly mean? Dr. Kimberly Miller is back on the Justice Clearinghouse to dissect what exactly [...]

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John Griffin

One of the things that we must all remember is that before humans established any semblance of civilization, animals make up a significant chunk of the ecosystem. Humans displaced animals [...]

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Jake Kamins

A collaborative approach is seen to be effective in the law enforcement and justice profession. It also highlights that the players’ involvement in a case makes all the difference. Just [...]

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Jessica Lauginiger

Large-scale animal cases that involve seizures may seem like an overwhelming operation. Any law enforcement or animal control officer may find themselves daunted by what it will entail and the [...]

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Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM
Jessica Rock

There’s been more and more awareness of animal cruelty and its link to human violence and crimes. However, despite this awareness, some agencies still don’t have enough practical [...]

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Adam Leath

When we try to be everything for others is often when we end up delivering a little less than our optimal output. This is particularly true for public agencies where [...]

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Phil Arkow

Efforts to raise awareness on the concept of the Link have been gaining traction over the last few years but there’s still a lot left to be done particularly [...]

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Diane Robinson

Hurricane Dorian is one of the most recent storms that created massive devastation within the west of the Atlantic Ocean.  It struck the Bahamas and other neighboring islands and also [...]

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Michelle Welch

Numerous studies have established the correlation of animal cruelty to other violent crimes. Collateral crimes linked include family violence, sexual abuse, serial killers and mass shooters, organized crimes, and even [...]

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Audra Houghton

Investigating animal crimes can be a lot of work as it is, but dealing with large animals can make it even more tedious. Past Justice Clearinghouse animal welfare and control [...]

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Jake Kamins

Webinar Video Clip: Working with Your Local Vet   There is value in having an expert witness to prove a case beyond reasonable doubt. This is particularly true in animal [...]

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Claudine Wilkins

Dangerous dog cases can be tricky to handle. Lack of awareness on statutes, investigation, and prosecution too often leaves victims without any recourse on the injury and damage inflicted on [...]

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Lynsey White

Animal care and control organizations rarely do have the resources and capacity to respond to all wildlife calls. Educating and empowering the community on dealing with wildlife is one way [...]

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Andrew Campbell

This webinar provides a unique take on domestic violence prevention, identification, and intervention by enabling participants to develop a multi-disciplinary perspective of violence in the home. Results from my national [...]

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Nina Stively

By nature, the public sector is subjected to scrutiny on their decisions and actions, ensuring tax dollars are being spent sensibly. On social media, the criticism is amplified many times [...]

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Claudine Wilkins

Many professionals are involved in dangerous dog cases. Learn how important your role is in the cases. This presentation is ideal for law enforcement, animal control officers, prosecutors, 911 dispatchers, EMTs, [...]

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Jake Kamins

Cases on animal cruelty or neglect can be difficult to investigate or prosecute. Lack of knowledge and education on statutes to use and procedures to do certainly makes these cases [...]

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Lynsey White

We’ve all come to realize that we must co-exist with other creatures to maintain a sustainable world. One type of wildlife commonly dwelling in close proximity to humans are [...]

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Adam Leath

Animal welfare agencies face many types of challenges in their work – the limited funding, the need to raise awareness, the lack of manpower and infrastructure, just among others. According to [...]

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Trevor Whipple

Numerous studies have established the link between animal cruelty to other violent crimes. Making a difference requires that this knowledge be made useful by fully understanding its implications and applying [...]

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Michelle Welch

Typically, the topic of bestiality elicits discomfort if not downright disgust. But avoiding the uneasy feeling doesn’t make the issue go away. Animal sexual abuse cases must be addressed [...]

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Claudine Wilkins

The realm of public safety, criminal justice, and animal control protects its personnel by granting some immunities that allow them to perform their duties. However, there are limitations to these [...]

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Dave Pauli

Humans and animals are supposed to coexist but somewhere along human civilization, some of these animals were considered nuisance. Fortunately, innovative and humane practices are being utilized to resolve the [...]

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John Griffin

What used to be woods or fields are being turned into cities to cater to the human population that demand more urban locations to live in. The animals endemic in [...]

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Diane Robinson

Animal cruelty cases go beyond companion animals like dogs and cats, it also includes farm and wild animals. There are millions of horses all over the United States, even more [...]

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Jenny Edwards

Bestiality is one of those things that people don’t want to think or talk about. Avoiding the topic, however, causes more harm than addressing this issue head on. Over [...]

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Adam Leath

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders classifies hoarding as a disorder that requires intervention. This is further aggravated when hoarding does not involve just material things but also [...]

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John Griffin

Much of what most people know about rabies are actually myths. These untruths spawned generalized fear for some wildlife species and even domesticated pets that coexist with humans. This course [...]

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Diane Robinson

When disasters strike, media organizations never fail in providing updates and highlighting the response efforts in the affected communities. These reports are not without a sprinkling of human interests stories [...]

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Richard Samuels
Michelle Welch

People, especially those living in the cities are not aware that cockfighting continues to exist to this day. It is prevalent especially in more rural and secluded areas – where the [...]

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Claudine Wilkins

The urgency in the need to address animal abuse is established through the well-supported findings that link animal cruelty to other crimes. Awareness of animal law can definitely still be [...]

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Terry Mills

Animal fighting is one of the most barbaric crimes out there. The scene and aftermath of such fights, with bloodied if not dead animals, are just downright gruesome. This may [...]

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Adam Leath

Animals of different species showcased on pet stores look appealing to people who want to take these animals home as pets. But there’s a lot going on behind the [...]

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Adam Ricci

In arenas that deal with emergency response and public safety, it is best to be prepared for things not to go as planned. Change can be scary – but it is [...]

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Nick Lippincott
Dan DeSousa

The last time Dan De Sousa and Nick Lippincott was together for a Justice Clearinghouse webinar, they discussed animal law in their respective jurisdictions related to dangerous and vicious dogs. [...]

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Michelle Welch

Animal hoarding cases are tedious – just the sheer number of animals in such cases and the logistics involved can be challenging. Add the difficulty of as well as treading the [...]

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Dr. J Tischendorf

Most of the time, animals are a source of joy and love. While they are typically amazing, they can pose risks too by transmitting infectious diseases to humans. On this [...]

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Dr. Peggy Rothbaum

It’s been said that working in public service is a vocation – a higher calling – selflessly giving one’s time and energy to protect and improve other’s lives. But [...]

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Amy Taylor
Michelle Welch

Winning animal law cases rely heavily on evidence, so it is best to go all out on investigation to build a strong case and make that conviction. Virginia is one [...]

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Jennifer H. Chin

One of the qualities that make animal cruelty and fighting cases unique and also complicated are the live evidence. The animals who suffered neglect, maltreatment or cruelty are seized from [...]

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Adam Leath

  We live in a world surrounded by social media.  Those who perpetrate animal abuse are all too eager to share information on numerous social media sites. The trained investigator [...]

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Janee’ Boswell

Back in 2013, Colorado was devastated by a natural disaster that affected 17 counties with lives lost, properties destroyed or damaged, and families and animals displaced – at least $2 billion worth of losses. [...]

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Claudine Wilkins

Over the past few years, more attention is drawn to the gravity of animal cruelty cases and how it often coexists with other link crimes as domestic abuse, fraud, drug [...]

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Michael M. Brown
John Thompson

Animal welfare personnel are some of those in the public sector whose roles are often questioned. It takes character to assert authority without stepping on others’ toes – a little something [...]

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Michelle Welch

For some courts, animal cruelty cases are not given as much time or attention, a complete injustice to animals that have been neglected and harmed. Thus, it is important to [...]

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Nick Lippincott

Animals have proven themselves useful to humans for a long time – from assisting with hunting, farming, transport and more recently, as a source of joy, affection, and emotional support. Currently, [...]

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Michelle Welch

Investigation and prosecution are two complex aspects of criminal justice. This gets even more tricky when the law to be applied is relatively new. Brought about by a new awareness [...]

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Adam Ricci

Awareness on the importance of taking animal cruelty cases seriously and its link to more heinous crime has greatly improved in the last few years. There are more initiatives towards [...]

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Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM

Webinar Video Clip: Working with Your Veterinarian to Better Document Animal Maltreatment When people talk about investigations and case, the most common individuals envisioned to be involved in these are [...]

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Leigh Anne Garrard

The link between animal cruelty and other forms of violent crimes is being recognized by more and more sectors that are involved in the cases. This awareness is creating an [...]

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Nick Lippincott
Dan DeSousa

Videos of dogs doing smart, crazy and stupid things can make one think that they're angels. Most dog owners see their pets as their child or their best friend – the [...]

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Michelle Welch

Various research and numerous cases have substantiated the link between animal abuse to other forms of violent crime.  And for this webinar, Michelle Welch will discuss this phenomenon, providing case [...]

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Jessica Rock

Animal cruelty is now recognized as a legitimate crime and has been gaining more and more support from all concerned sectors. As a relatively novel crime, it is not without [...]

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Michelle Welch

Webinar Video Clip: What Investigators and Prosecutors Need to Know about Building Cases Against Cock Fighting   The Justice Clearinghouse has covered a couple of times the subject of animal [...]

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Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM

Dogs have proven themselves to be helpful and dependable companions that a selected few are even trained to be part of law enforcement’s K9 unit. Dogs are subject to [...]

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Mary Lou Randour, Ph.D.
Dan DeSousa

Webinar Video Clip: Animal Cruelty Reporting Numerous researches have proven the correlation between animal cruelty and violence to humans. Cases of animal abuse were found to mostly occur in households [...]

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Andrew Campbell

Children who witnessed abuse or have been abused themselves are at a higher risk to become violent during adulthood. Several studies have established the link between animal abuse and other [...]

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John Thompson

72.9 million US households report to having at least one pet – that means one in every 5 American has a dog, cat or other pets. These days, more and more household treat [...]

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Jessica Rock

Numerous evidence and research points to the correlation between animal cruelty cases to other serious crimes including gambling, drugs, gangs, elder abuse, domestic violence, bestiality, as well as child pornography [...]

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Dr. Melinda Merck

In a past webinar with John Thompson, we were able to deep-dive into the link of animal abuse to human abuse. He detailed the reasons why animal abuse should be [...]

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John Thompson

“When animals are abused, people are at risk; When people are abused, animals are at risk.” This is the message that this webinar wants to get across. People often think [...]

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