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Animal Law, Advocacy & Policy: Investigating Animal Cruelty


In the United States, state anti-cruelty acts regulate the treatment of companion animals. The anti-cruelty acts protect against intentional infliction of pain, suffering, injury and death on animals. Some states have protections against animal fighting as well.  State anti-cruelty statutes as applied to companion animals often work to convict persons accused of animal abuse. In most states, pets are considered the property of their owners.

Animal Cruelty in NYS

Thanks to Sue McDonough, Ret. NYS Trooper and BCI Investigator, for her expertise in the creation of this PowerPoint presentation.  

Using Your Veterinarian in Animal Cruelty Investigations by Dr. Holly Cheever, DVM, Vice President of the New York State Humane Association

The Veterinarian's Role in Evidence Collection by Dr. Holly Cheever, Cornell University, Harvard University

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Valerie Lang Waldin

Investigating Animal Cruelty & Search Warrants in New York State