Investigating and prosecuting animal cruelty relies on critical collaborations throughout the community. Participants will learn from local experts in the field about NY laws and the process of investigating and prosecuting animal crimes.
*This conference has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. Approval for NYS Veterinary CE pending.
Registration & Exhibits Open
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Understanding Your Role in Fighting Animal Crimes: Case Studies from the Field
Pets can’t speak for themselves, so when the worst happens it’s up to us to lead the fight against animal cruelty. In this session, you will learn about your role in the arrest and prosecution of animal crimes offenders, no matter your profession. You’ll hear about how you can help humane law enforcement build a legal foundation to support the charge of animal cruelty. The presentation will include cases of successful collaboration between law enforcement, veterinarians, and animal advocates.
An Inside Look at Investigating Animal Cruelty Laws
What makes a cruelty case a felony? How do you interpret the animal crimes statutes? What kind of evidence do you need to build a case? Take an in-depth dive into the 5 most common animal crimes addressed in the Rochester areas. Learn how they are investigated, and how veterinary medicine plays a key role in supporting elements of the law.
Rochester's Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Violence and Preventing Animal Cruelty
Over 35 years of research from human services and animal welfare disciplines show that animal crimes can be both an indicator and predictor of interpersonal violence, including child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. Lollypop Farm is addressing this link by introducing the Animal Crimes Intervention Program (ACIP), a new psychoeducational program for animal maltreatment offenders to make the Greater Rochester community safer for both animals and people. In this session you will learn about “the link” and how this probation offering will help make a safer community.
Keynote and Luncheon
Welcome & Remarks
Making the Case: Joint Efforts Between Veterinarians and Law Enforcement in Solving and Prosecuting Animal Crimes
Quite often, veterinarians are key to building a case in animal crimes investigations. Yet for private practice veterinarians, involvement in law enforcement investigations is a daunting prospect fraught with uncertainty. In this keynote session by national veterinary forensics expert Dr. Melinda Merck, DVM, you’ll get an insight into the perspective of veterinarians in reporting and collecting evidence. Dr. Merck will explore mutual understanding between these roles: how veterinarians can work comfortably with law enforcement by understanding the scope of their critical role and how law enforcement should approach veterinarians to secure evidence to make the case against animal abusers.
Full Day Registration: $45
Includes Workshops, Keynote, and Luncheon
Keynote & Luncheon Only Registration (12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.): $30
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