NATIONAL CENTER FOR PROSECUTION OF ANIMAL ABUSE
Training & Webinars
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December 18, 2013 from 3-4pm eastern
Behavioral Assessment and Rehabilitation of Animal Cruelty Victims
By Dr. Pamela Reid (ASPCA)
Dogs rescued from cruel conditions, including puppy mills, hoarding situations and dogfighting, run the gamut from friendly, sociable animals to extremely fearful—even feral—creatures. A behavior evaluation proves a useful tool in determining the best possible outcomes for these victims of cruelty. Resilient, social dogs may be ready for immediate placement in new homes. Some of the unsocialized animals come around with time in a rehabilitation program. In some cases, dangerous dogs can be rehabilitated to the degree that they are successfully integrated into society. Attendees of this free, 60-minute webinar will learn:
- the subtests that make up a comprehensive behavior evaluation
- the reasons for conducting a behavior evaluation
- how to identify specific behaviors exhibited during the behavior evaluation
- the techniques used to rehabilitate fearful, unsocialized dogs
January 14, 2014 from 3-4pm eastern
Understanding and Prosecuting Bestiality
By Jenny Edwards (The Chandler Edwards Group)
Bestiality is an emotional, even taboo topic, and can present moral, ethical, and legal challenges for the prosecutor. The sexual abuse of an animal by a human is considered a paraphilia or sexual perversity, by the American Psychiatric Association, and is illegal throughout the United States and many foreign countries. Animal sex abuse can happen in any county or city, and occurs far more often than you might think. Over the past six years alone, arrests for bestiality have quadrupled. Animals frequently die or are severely injured after being sexually assaulted, and the abuse often goes undetected for years.This webinar will focus on techniques for successful investigation, prosecution, and sentencing of animal sex offenders. Case specific examples will be used to highlight offender characteristics, the rise in female offenders, and links to other crimes.
February 13, 2014 from 3-4pm eastern
Pretrial Motions – The Framework for Evidence at Trial
By Diane Balkin (Animal Legal Defense Fund, Criminal Justice Division Attorney)
Pretrial motions are an integral part of trial preparation. Court rulings regarding motions may dramatically affect the substance and procedure at trial. The prosecution of crimes against animals is still a relatively unexplored area. This webinar will discuss standard practice motions, such as motions for discovery and motions to suppress evidence and statements. Additionally, other motions such as “other/similar transactions” (Rule 404(b)) and Frye hearings (regarding expert testimony as to pain, suffering, etc.) will be discussed. This webinar will be beneficial to prosecutors trying animal abuse cases, but also for investigators and anyone involved in pre-trial work involving abused animals.
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Continuing Legal Education Credits
The Virginia State Bar has certified these webinars for 1 CLE credit. After the live webinar, you may request a Uniform Certificate of Attendance from NDAA to be submitted to your state bar for continuing legal education credits. You must be on the webinar for the full hour and must have your browser open to only the webinar (you cannot have any other screen open, including a screen to take notes) otherwise we cannot verify your participation. Upon request, NDAA will verify your participation and send you the appropriate forms. Please email NCPAA for this document.
Other webinars from our partners at ASPCA
Check out two free anti-cruelty online courses on Combating Dogfighting and Investigating Animal Abuse for Law Enforcement offered by our partner at ASPCA.
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