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TRAINING: ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATIONS

On December 6 and 7, 2017, Animal Folks, working with the Oakdale Police Department, hosted training on Animal Cruelty Investigations for Oakdale peace officers and for Animal Control Officers (ACOs) and Community Service Officers (CSOs)(statewide).

It was a great success with 61 attendees. Continuing education credits were provided through the MN Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

This was a pilot program with the focus on basic training about animal cruelty, Minnesota animal law, and investigation techniques. The program will be expanded to other police departments and sheriff offices throughout Minnesota. Advanced training (i.e., species-specific, crime-specific) will be developed with input from law enforcement based on needs and problems in their communities.

The agenda with local and national speakers is below. The officer training was for 3.5 hours, held in two shifts. The ACO and CSO training was a full 8 hour day, with additional topics and speakers.

Funding for the December training was provided by Animal Folks, the Oakdale Police Department, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

 

 

AGENDA (Decembr 2018): Animal Cruelty Investigations Training

NOTE: For the 3.5 hour session targeted to peace offficers, speakers were limited to:

Ann Olson, Reese Frederickson, Leigh Anne Garrard, Dr. Lisa McCargar, Officer Michelle Starke and Sergeant Lindsay Herron.

FULL DAY (8 hour), targeted to Animal Control Officers and Community Service Officers

7:30 - 8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:20am

MN Animal Cruelty: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Ann Olson, Founder & Executive Director, Animal Folks

8:20 - 9:20am

MN Animal Law: Introduction

Reese Frederickson, Pine County Attorney

9:20 - 9:30am BREAK
9:30 - 10:20am

Officer Training: What's needed for evidence?

Reese Frederickson, Pine County Attorney

10:20 - 10:50am

Veterinary Forensics: What is Pain?

Daniel Almeida, DVM

10:50 - 11:00am BREAK
11:00 - 12:00pm

Animal Cruelty Basics (types of cruelty crimes)

Leigh Anne Garrard, ASPCA

12:00 - 1:00pm LUNCH: lunch provided
1:00 - 2:00pm

Animal Cruelty Basics (continued)

Leigh Anne Garrard, ASPCA

2:00 - 2:40pm

MN Process: Complaint to Charging and Case Submission

• Sergeant Lindsay Herron, Mpls. Police Dept.

• Officer Michelle Stark, Oakdale Police Department

2:40 - 2:50pm BREAK
2:50 - 3:30pm

MN Process: Case examples with search warrant

Sergeant Lindsay Herron, Mpls. Police Department

3:30 - 4:00pm

MN Animal Cruelty: Cases & Convictions

• Ann Olson, Founder & E.D., Animal Folks

• Sergeant Lindsay Herron, Mpls. Police Department

• Officer Michelle Stark, Oakdale Police Department

4:00 - 4:30pm

What We Do: Minneapolis Animal Care & Control

Caroline Hairfield, MACC

4:30 - 4:50pm

What We Do: Animal Humane Society humane agants, critical response team, animal sheltering and care

Kathy Mock, Animal Humane Society

4:50 - 5:00pm Wrap up: Q&A

 

MATERIALS

Four multi-page Q&A handouts were given to each attendee on the following topics:

1. Animal Cruelty: Investigations

2. Animal Cruelty: Seizure and Disposition (Chapter 343)

3. Forensic Necropsy

4. Dog and Cat in Motor Vehicle

Also, a binder with Complaint and Register of Actions were provided showing convictions on 6 selected cases, including intentional abuse, hoarding, sexual abuse, dog in hot car, and mass commercial dog breeder.

 

 
         

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