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Handling Community Reaction to Animal Abuse

December 2012

Presenter: Allie Phillips, Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse at the National District Attorneys Association

Length: 1 Hour

Anyone who is involved in investigating and prosecuting animal abuse cases, and being responsible for the care of the animals, knows how passionately a community responds to these crimes. Depending on your response, you could be hailed a hero or you could experience your worst professional nightmare. A dismissive or sloppy investigation or prosecution, mass euthanasia of the animal victims, or ignoring the community response could negatively affect your job and the position of your elected boss.

This free, 60-minute webinar discusses:

  • how to effectively handle animal abuse cases from a communications perspective
  • how investigators and prosecutors can (and should) work together with animal advocates and the community
  • how to address positive and negative media response
  • how to build support in your community to spread a preventative message on animal abuse

Our presenter, Allie Phillips, has been a front-line trial prosecutor, animal rescuer, animal shelter volunteer, and now views these issues from a national perspective. Prosecutors, animal welfare professionals, and law enforcement will especially benefit from this webinar.

This webinar is part of the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse/ASPCA webinar series.


Webinar Resources

Download "The Few and The Proud: Prosecutors who Vigorously Pursue Animal Cruelty Cases"

Download "Ethical Considerations in the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty Cases"

Download the Powerpoint presentation of this webinar

American Bar Association Model Rule 3.6 on Trial Publicity

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