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The Dog in the Evidence Locker Problem: Managing Live Evidence in Animal Cruelty and Fighting Cases

October 2013

Presenter: Stacy Wolf (Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel for ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Division)
Length: 1 hour

In an animal cruelty or animal fighting case, the arrest of the perpetrator is often just the beginning of a long road for the animal victims seized in the case. It may take many months, even years, before the criminal case is resolved. During that time, the animals must be housed, fed, and provided with veterinary care. While maintaining the evidence in a criminal case is a law enforcement responsibility, when the evidence includes live animals, animal welfare agencies often provide vital care while the case wends its way through the court system. The cost associated with this care, particularly in cases involving a large number of animals, is often daunting. Without the ability to defray some of the cost, local governments and animal welfare agencies may be dissuaded from aggressively pursuing these cruelty cases. This free, 60-minute webinar examines strategies for managing the costs of caring for seized animals. Learn about tools that could shorten the time during which animals must be held pending resolution of criminal charges:

  • Voluntary written surrender
  • Security posting and forfeiture laws
  • Seizure in place orders
  • Contracting for services and restitution orders at sentencing.

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