The Status of Animals in Criminal Animal Cruelty Cases: What Animal Protection Professionals Need to Know

The Status of Animals in Criminal Animal Cruelty Cases: What Animal Protection Professionals Need to Know
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2020-09-29
Unit 1 Slide Deck: The Status of Animals in Criminal Animal Cruelty Cases
Unit 2 Recording: The Status of Animals in Criminal Animal Cruelty Cases

An animal subjected to cruelty or neglect is a crime victim unlike any other.  She is simultaneously a living being who requires care and treatment; living evidence of crime whose condition must be documented and handled in a way that does not jeopardize the case against her alleged abuser; and a crime victim entitled to certain statutory protections and sentencing considerations—all while being the property of her abuser, who may retain a constitutionally protected ownership interest.  Join Emily Lewis and Jamie Contreras, Senior Staff Attorneys with Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Criminal Justice Program, for a discussion of the complex status of animals in criminal law.


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Audience Comments

  • “The overall outline of the topic was very well thought out, as were the presenters. Very good job.” — Jack
  • “Importance of enrichment and adoption of animals involved in a criminal case.” — Chris
  • “I just subscribed. I find the content here to be excellent and relevant to my job. Thank you.” — Diana
  • “Great webinar! The different scenarios offered great examples and advices to expand my understanding.” — Desiree
  • “I thought there was a lot of good information regarding the topic.” — Eric
  • “I received a better understanding of the principle of pre-conviction forfeiture.” — Jonathan
  • “It was very helpful to get confirmation AND new nuances as to why we and our humane officers do what we do–Thank you very much!” — Marilyn
  • “The varying perspectives and legal positions as to the status of animals under the law – this is especially interesting as I am from Canada and it was a bit of an eye-opener to see some of the information presented. In addition, I found some of the points about documentation and chain of evidence to be interesting considerations that may differ or may not have been considered by my organization. Thank you for your work on this.” — Sabrina
  • “This was a very complex topic that David and Emily handled superbly. They provided a very well organized and delivered presentation that was clear and manageable for immediate processing.” — Susan D.



** This webinar has been certified by the National Animal Care and Control Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details. Current NACA Members who attend will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Animal Care & Control Association logo.
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