Adam Leath

Based out of Sanford, Florida, Adam Leath is the Division Manager for Seminole County Animal Services (SCAS). SCAS is an open admission, municipal shelter that provides services to all seven jurisdictions in Seminole County.  SCAS works to ensure a safe and compassion community for its two and four legged residents.  The division provides direct response to field work relating to the health and welfare of animals.  This includes response to disasters as it relates to animals and agriculture during declared disasters.

In his 17+ year career in animal welfare, Adam has investigated and responded to situations involving animal victims of natural disasters and animal cruelty cases across the country.  He has managed both municipal and non-profit animal welfare organizations. Adam was formerly a Regional Director of the Field Investigations and Response Team at the ASPCA where he led one of the largest operations in ASPCA history with the seizure of over 1,000 animals in August of 2016. He has responded to multiple dog fighting 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.

Adam holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Tennessee (May 2015) and a master’s degree in veterinary forensic science from the University of Florida (December 2023). He is a Courtesy Assistant Professor for the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine. Leath has sat on the Board of Directors for the National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA) and the Florida Animal Control Association (FACA). He is a Past President of the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association and is a Certified National Animal Cruelty Investigator through the University of Missouri. He is currently a founding board member of the International Society for Animal Forensic Sciences. He has also been certified in Equine Cruelty Investigation through the University of Colorado. Adam has been certified as an expert witness in animal fighting and animal cruelty in the states of Florida and New York.

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