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Puppy Mill Investigations and Prosecutions

February 24, 2012

This month's webinar training will cover "puppy mills" or unlawful large-volume dog breeders, what they are, how to develop and initiate an investigation, gather and preserve evidence, the types of injuries common to animals recovered from "puppy mills", and how to work with veterinarians before and during the prosecution. Gillian Deegan, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney from Botetourt County, Virginia will be presenting.

Developing Services for Domestic Violence Victims with Pets: Increasing Victim Safety and Offender Accountability

April 27, 2012

This month's Final Friday's webinar, "Developing Services for Domestic Violence Victims with Pets: Increasing Victim Safety and Offender Accountability." Dr. Maya Gupta, Director of Ahimsa House in Atlanta, Georgia, will be presenting on the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty, how pets are often used by abusers in the cycle of domestic abuse, and the importance for developing services for domestic violence victims with pets. Dr. Gupta will also present on the work of Ahimsa House as a model and resources for these services. Ahimsa House provides emergency pet safehousing, veterinary care, pet-related safety planning, legal advocacy, a 24-hour crisis line, outreach programs, and other services to help the human and animal victims of domestic violence across Georgia reach safety together. We encourage all prosecutors, law enforcement, animal control and allied partners to attend this one-hour webinar training.

Developing an Anti-Animal Cruelty Campaign: "Show Your Soft Side"

June 29, 2012

Please join us for this one-hour webinar training Friday, June 29, 2012 at 3 p.m. EDT on the Baltimore Mayor's Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission and Show Your Soft Side campaign. Presenters will discuss how a community can address public safety concerns by forming an anti-animal abuse committee with limited resources and advice on how to launch an ad or PSA campaign to promote the work of a local anti-cruelty Task Force and increase public knowledge of the issue. The Baltimore Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission is a permanent platform to address and reduce crimes of animal cruelty in their jurisdiction. The Commission works with local partners to investigate and prosecute crimes of animal cruelty and promote legislation regarding animal control and protection. The Commission also launched the "Show Your Soft Side" campaign to reduce juvenile-inflicted animal cruelty and bring attention to the issue. Caroline Griffin, Chair of the Baltimore Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission and Sande Riesett of Outlaw Advertising LLC will be presenting. 

All previous webinar recordings and materials are available free of charge. Temporary Membership promo codes and access to the materials can be obtained by e-mailing a request to with your name, office, title, and contact information. If you have an APA Prosecutor/Court,  Law Enforcement, or Criminal Justice Partners Membership, all past webinar materials can be accessed through our Membership site. 

2011 Final Fridays Webinar descriptions

For a complete webinar schedule for 2012, please click here.