forwebsiteAPA recognizes animal cruelty and fighting not only as precursor crimes to family and interpersonal violent crime, but also violent crime that should be effectively prosecuted. To achieve this end, APA developed a statement of principles regarding the prosecution of animal cruelty crimes and continues to provide a national technical assistance network as well as produce a quarterly newsletter, the Lex Canis. APA has also partnered with various animal welfare and other law enforcement organizations to hold an annual Animal Abuse and Fighting Summit to continue to develop ideas to fight animal cruelty and fighting.

APA Animal Cruelty and Fighting Statement of Principles:

  • Animals are sentient beings with the undeniable capacity to suffer pain.
  • Every state’s criminal code recognizes animals’ capacity to suffer, with 49 states identifying certain acts of animal cruelty as felonies.
  • There is a direct link between the criminal acts of animal abuse and interpersonal violence including murder, child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse.
  • Under-enforcement of animal cruelty laws is directly correlated to a host of corrosive societal ills—such as animal fighting in gangs and the harming or killing of companion animals in domestic violence situations.
  • Animal cruelty, both active and passive, is a crime of violence, and as such requires a prosecutor’s full attention, with the accompanying allocation of resources to hold the offenders accountable and achieve just results.
  • Prosecutors, in exercising their professional discretion, should give animal cruelty cases priority and make certain they are handled in the same professional manner as other crimes of violence.

State Cruelty Law Summmaries

Alabama Animal Cruelty Summary

Alaska Animal Cruelty Summary

Arizona Animal Cruelty Summary

Arkansas Animal Cruelty Summary

California Animal Cruelty Summary

Colorado Animal Cruelty Summary

Colorado Laws Part 2

Connecticut Animal Cruelty Summary

Delaware Animal Cruelty Summary

District of Columbia Animal Cruelty Summary

Florida Animal Cruelty Summary

Georgia Animal Cruelty Summary

Hawaii Animal Cruelty Summary

Idaho Animal Cruelty Summary

Illinois Animal Cruelty Summary

Indiana Animal Cruelty Summary

Iowa Animal Cruelty Summary

Kansas Animal Cruelty Summary

Kentucky Animal Cruelty Summary

Louisiana Animal Cruelty Summary

Maine Animal Cruelty Summary

Maryland Animal Cruelty Summary

Massachusetts Animal Cruelty Summary

Michigan Animal Cruelty Summary

Minnesota Animal Cruelty Summary

Mississippi Animal Cruelty Summary

Missouri Animal Cruelty Summary

Montana Animal Cruelty Summary

Nebraska Animal Cruelty Summary

Nevada Animal Cruelty Summary

New Hampshire Animal Cruelty Summary

New Jersey Animal Cruelty Summary

New Mexico Animal Cruelty Summary

New York Animal Cruelty Summary

North Carolina Criminal Summary

North Dakota Criminal Summary

Ohio Animal Cruelty Summary

Oklahoma Animal Cruelty Laws

Oregon Animal Cruelty Summary

Pennsylvania Animal Cruelty Summary

Rhode Island Animal Cruelty Summary

South Carolina Criminal Summary

South Dakota Animal Cruelty Summary

Tennessee Animal Cruelty Laws

Texas Animal Cruelty Summary

Utah Animal Cruelty Summary

Vermont Animal Cruelty Summary

Virginia Animal Cruelty Summary

Washington Animal Cruelty Summary

West Virginia Animal Cruelty Summary

Wisconsin Animal Cruelty Summary

Wyoming Animal Cruelty Summary

Animal Cruelty Publications

Animal Control Cases

Animal Control Case for Prosecution ACO

Animal Cruelty and Fighting Documents

Factors in the Assessment of Dangerousness

Pets and Women’s Shelters Program

The Link For Prosecutors

Therapy Animals Support Kids

Building an Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission Presentation

Dealing with the Media Presentation

Developing Services for Domestic Violence Victims with Pets

Developing Services for Domestic Violence Victims with Pets- Presentation Slides

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Fact Sheet

Protecting Domestic Violence Victims by Protecting their Pets

How to Prosecute a Dog Fighting Case

Prosecuting a Dogfighting Case PowerPoint Presentation

Prosecutor’s Predicate Questions for Dogfighting Cases

Nuts and Bolts: Search Warrants in Animal Cruelty Investigations

Animal Crimes Search Warrant Documents

Search Warrants Powerpoint Presentation

People v. Seegle

Prosecuting Cockfighting Cases

Prosecuting Cockfighting Cases Webinar Materials

Prosecuting Cockfighting Cases Webinar Presentation

There’s More to Cockfighting Than the Fight

Puppy Mill Investigations and Prosecutions

Puppy Mill Investigations and Prosecutions Presentation Slides

The Connection Between Bestiality and Human Sex Offending

The Connection between Bestiality and Human Sex Offending Slides

Veterinary Forensics in an Animal Cruelty Case

Veterinary Forensics Live Webinar Presentation

Investigation Recommendation Forms:

Blank Investigation Recommendation Form

Investigation Recommendation- Equine

Investigation Recommendation- Small Animal

Physical Examination Forms:

Canine with Wound Diagram

Equine with Body Diagram

Equine

Feline with Wound Diagram

General Physical Exam Form

General Physical Exam- Small Animal

Lex Canis Newsletters:

Winter Issue 2015

Fall Issue 2014

Winter Issue 2013

Vol. 4 Issue. 2

Vol. 4 Issue. 1

Vol. 3 Issue. 4

Vol. 3 Issue. 3

Vol. 3 Issue. 2

Vol. 3 Issue. 1

Vol. 2 Issue. 4

Vol. 2 Issue. 3

Vol. 2 Issue. 2

Vol. 2 Issue. 1

Vol. 1 Issue. 1

Lex Canis Volume 4 Issue 3-4 (1)

To learn more about APA’s animal abuse program please contact david.labahn@apainc.org