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Crimes Against Animals Symposium - Law Enforcement Education

FREE training for Law Enforcement Officer's Roles in Animal Cruelty, Animal Fighting, Dangerous Dog Cases and "The Link" Between Human Crimes

Time & Location

Time is TBD
Georgia Public Safety Training Center, 1000 Indian Springs Dr, Forsyth, GA 31029, USA

About the Event

Vital Training to law enforcement and Prosecutors – Historical year at GPSTC. We are being asked to train all over Georgia. This year is a historical year because Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) is asking me, and my team with Animal Law Source, to be the first to train at the law enforcement academy. This is a full day conference on April 21, 2020 at the GPSTC training center in Forsyth, GA. This training center is where “every” law enforcement officer has to go through in the state of Georgia. I am so excited about this opportunity because I am organizing experts from all over to present. Finally the police in Georgia will have the training they need and the training will be repeated.



7:15 – 8:15  Registration Students must sign in for credit

8:15 – 9:05  Gang Investigations & Animals Abuse Connection/Dog Fighting

Presenter: Jose Ramirez, Georgia Public Safety Training Center

Why dogfighting and animal cruelty cases are part of the gang / organized crime culture. Highlight on how these

cases can be investigated as a gang or RICO case and what is needed for successful prosecution.

9:15 – 10:05 “The Link” – Animal Cruelty & Human Violence (Domestic, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse)

Presenter: John Thompson, E.D. of Nat. Animal Care & Control Associa5on, Former President of Nat. Sheriffs Assoc

The important facts and numbers law enforcement must know related to the Link between human crimes and

animal crimes.; Reasons why animal abuse should be taken seriously; School mass shooters who likewise

performed acts of animal cruelty.

10:15 – 11:05  Correla9on between Human Trafficking and Sex Crimes against Animals & Children, Dangerous Dog Cases – Law & Practical Aspects

Presenter: Claudine Wilkins, Animal Law Expert, Founder of Animal Law Source

Investigating dangerous dog cases, Summary of GA’s Responsible Dog Owner Act; Connection between child

trafficking, child porn and sex crimes against animals

11:15 – 12:05  Gang Investigations & Animals Abuse Connection/Dog Fighting

Presenter: James Crosby, CBCC-KA, retired Police Lieutenant (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville, FL)

Training course developed by law enforcement officers, for law enforcement officers. Offers guided policy and

accountability using a combination of extensive canine behavior training and law enforcement experience. For LEOs

coupled with cutting edge behavioral science & extensive experience with truly dangerous dogs.”

12:05 – 12:30  Importance of LEO’s role and Legislative Update

Presenter: Senator Kay Kirkpatrick

12:30 – 1:30  LUNCH

1:30 – 2:20  Georgia’s Animal Cruelty Statute: In-Depth Examination & Case Examples

Presenter: Kimberly S. Schwartz, Senior Assistant District Attorney, Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit

12:30 – 3:20  Georgia’s Title IV Provisions (Impound, Hearings, Search Warrants v. Inspection Warrants)

Presenter: Kimberly S. Schwartz, Senior Assistant District Attorney, Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit

3:30 – 4:20  Law Enforcement: The importance of collecting evidence in animal cruelty investigations 

                   and making your case

Presenter: Amy Soeldner, retired Atlanta Police Department, Animal Cruelty Officer

• Reasons that law enforcement should care about cruelty cases ie: Link between domestic violence and

other violent crimes; how evidence makes or breaks the case.

• Forms of evidence: pictures- crime scene inspectors or your own, surveillance cameras, veterinary writeups,

weigh-ins of animals at time of crime/intake and then before court, heavy chains, embedded collars,

necropsies, importance of using pro animal groups in areas, power of social media, utilizing Crime Stoppers

if available, other officers with technology experience, the gathering of paraphernalia associated with

cockfighting or dogfighting cases.

Two case studies will be discussed: Jamari Davenport cat kicking case and the Augustin Herrera-Gutrierrez/ Jose Rivas

Motoya cockfighting case. These cases personified the multiple forms of evidence needed to support the charges

and arrests

4:30 – 5:00  Lightning Round – Working with Ga. Department of Agriculture; Cost of Animal Care Bond; 

                   Federal PACT Act; Tanya’s Law, Panel Q & A

Presenter: Claudine Wilkins & Q & A with entire Panel of Speakers

Lightning Round – Working with Ga. Department of Agriculture; Cost of Animal Care Bond; Federal PACT Act;

Tanya’s Law, Panel Q & A

Legal tools available to LEOs; Officers, Other agencies to call and how to work with them; Crimes against law

enforcement animals, Highlight of federal animal cruelty laws, Filing Cost of Care Animal Bond petitions

* time permiting

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