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August 20, 2015 from 3-4 pm eastern
Animal Cruelty Crime Scene Forensic Photography
Presented by: Belinda Lewis, MS, CAWA (Director, Animal Care and Control in Fort Wayne) and Matt Lewis (retired detective, Fort Wayne Police Department)

he photographic compilation of the animal cruelty case should provide a permanent record of the scene and even more importantly, tell the story. Your photography will compliment your narratives and support your case, but only if done properly. This webinar will cover the basic rules of crime scene photography and overcoming photographic challenges to present images that achieve your goals. You will learn appropriate crime scene photographic and processing approaches, proper investigative photography of impounded animals, injuries and wounds, and necropsies, and become even more proficient at ensuring your evidence is admissible in court. The goal is to put together a case that you are proud to submit to your prosecutor and one they will confidently carry forward with a successful prosecution. Note: Due to the nature of this webinar, we cannot avoid showing some photos of abused/neglected animals. This webinar will benefit investigators (law enforcement, animal control and humane investigators), prosecutors, veterinarians, and shelter staff.
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October 22, 2015 from 3-4pm eastern
Release the hounds: Using pre-conviction forfeiture to save seized animals from re-victimization
Presented by Lora Dunn (Animal Legal Defense Fund)

Seized animals can languish for months or even years while a cruelty trial is pending, taking a toll on their well-being and jeopardizing their chances of future adoption. What’s more, the financial burden of caring for these victim animals can put an incredible strain on the caregiving agency, sometimes draining its resources to the breaking point. To this end, pre-conviction forfeiture is an essential tool in animal cruelty cases for prosecutors, caregivers, and victim animals alike. This webinar will examine a host of issues that arise in pre-conviction forfeiture practice: animals as “live" evidence, Constitutional challenges to the forfeiture process, strengthening existing forfeiture laws in your state, lien foreclosure v. forfeiture, and more. This webinar will benefit prosecutors, law enforcement, animal control, veterinarians and shelter workers.
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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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