Bodies of Evidence: Issues Arising from Search and Seizure of Animal Bodies in Cruelty Investigations

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Thu, Jan 19th, 2023 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM ET
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A law enforcement officer seizes a dying horse without a warrant. An abused animal is brought to a veterinarian for euthanasia and cremation, but instead is necropsied. A law enforcement officer shields onlooking children from a cat’s body by placing it in a nearby dumpster. A veterinarian does a warrantless blood draw to diagnose a malnourished dog, and the blood results are used in a criminal prosecution. In animal cruelty cases, the animal’s body—whether dead or alive—is a crime scene. Many law enforcement professionals have not been trained to properly preserve and search that crime scene, and yet they are forced to do so, without compromising the evidence, the defendant’s constitutional rights, or the animal’s health or life. These cases present novel search and seizure issues. Join the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s attorneys David Rosengard, Emily Lewis, and Kathleen Wood to discuss how these and other issues can be resolved for a successful prosecution, and how they can be addressed or avoided in future cases.



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Founded in 1979, the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. The Animal Legal Defense Fund accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are held accountable for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting legislation harmful to animals, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law.





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