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VLS to Offer Animal Cruelty Investigation Workshop

March 23, 2010

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Vermont Law School's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) will host a free public workshop on April 3 covering the skills needed to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty cases. The event, titled "Investigating Animal Cruelty in Vermont," will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Oakes Hall.

"Incidences of animal cruelty can be difficult to prove, and doing so requires that first responders be both meticulous and experienced," said Karen Reynolds, a SALDF member. "This requirement has led to the creation of a new role that draws on experiences of both law enforcement and humane agencies—the animal cruelty investigator."

The workshop will include an overview of local, state and federal laws and regulations that apply to animal cases. Participants will learn what is needed to make a winnable case and what resources are available in Vermont and beyond to assist with animal cruelty investigations. The event will include an update on Vermont's Cruelty Response System and an overview of the Humane Society of the United State's First Strike campaign, which focuses on the link between animal cruelty and human violence.

Presenters will include Deputy State Attorney Kathryn Smith; Janet Carini, D.V.M., owner of the Rutland Veterinary Clinic at Castleton; Joanne Bourbeau, senior state director of the Humane Society of the United States; and Jessica Danyow, director of operations at the Rutland County Humane Society.

More information is available from Karen Reynolds at or from SALDF.

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations
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