Tuesday, March 27, 2012

City Prosecutor Hosts Animal Cruelty Seminar

By Jonathan Van Dyke

The City Prosecutor’s Office wants to make sure residents know when they are seeing animal cruelty and that they have the confidence to report it to law enforcement authorities.
To that end, City Prosecutor Doug Haubert will be hosting a free special educational event today (Thursday) to talk about different animal cruelty issues. He said he came up with the idea after speaking with Deborah Knaan of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, who supervises animal cruelty prosecution.
“We saw the need to better educate the public on what constitutes animal cruelty and who people can report that to,” Haubert said. “We’re delighted to have support from local and national programs that agreed to have this event.”
Eric Sakach, Senior Law Enforcement Specialist for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS); Knaan; and Sgt. Rebecca Johnson of Long Beach Animal Control are all slated to talk. After they are done, they will take questions in a panel-type format.
“We’re going to discuss topics like animal hoarding, neglect, fighting — sometimes called game fighting,” Haubert said. “We’re also going to talk about the link between animal cruelty and other forms of violence — there is some evidence that some violent criminals began with harming animals and then later graduated to violence against humans.”..."  More

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