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Animal Cruelty Seminar

Event Date(s)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:00am - Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 5:00pm


Tools for Successful Investigation & Prosecution for Crimes Against Animals

Co-sponsored by: the Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association, Alaqua Animal Refuge and the Tallahassee Animal Shelter Foundation

Speakers:  Dr. Melinda Merck, D.V.M., Veterinary Forensics Consulting; LLC, Sherry Ramsey, Director of Cruelty Prosecutions for the H.S.U.S.; Geoffrey C. Fleck, Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF); representatives of the University of Florida ASPCA Veterinary Forensic Science Program; and the remaining to be announced.

Tuition:  $25 (all ACO Officers have their fees sponsored)  
About the course:  Third Annual Animal Investigation & Prosecution Seminar Series.   Topics will include information on analyzing and working animal crime scenes, veterinary forensics, trauma analysis, case studies, search and seizure laws, media relations, and resources available in Florida. Attendees will learn to improve their skills on how to recognize, document and process crime scenes involving animals, learn what the prosecutors need to build their cases, and obtain tools for effective testimony in court.

Who should attend:  Law Enforcement Officers, Prosecutors, Animal Control Officers, Veterinarians, and Animal Shelter Management
Registraion:  Limited space -- early registration is encouraged. More info at: or

Download a flyer for the course (pdf)
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Location: Florida Sheriffs Institute, 2617 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308

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