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  • Tufts Animal Care and Condition Scales

    The Tufts Animal Care and Condition (TACC) Scales were developed in 1997 by Dr. Gary Patronek, with assistance from Lori Donley, MS '97, the Fort Wayne Dept. of Animal Care and Control, and the Law Enforcement Division of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help cruelty investigators and veterinarians assess cases of animal abuse or neglect that are primarily related to husbandry, as opposed to deliberate acts of cruelty.

  • November 1, 2015

    X Marks the Hot Spot

    Learn how data-based approach can help shelters make the most of limited resources by targeting them where they’ll have the biggest impact. Geographic information systems (GIS) mapping technology can help objectively identify high-intake areas and plan effective interventions.

  • September 1, 2015

    A Photo Worth a Thousand Witnesses

    Done right, photos that capture a crime scene and the condition of abused animals can be vital to winning cruelty convictions. But documenting a crime scene isn’t as simple as snapping a few photos. Follow these guidelines to ensure your photographs help your case, and don’t hinder it.

  • July 1, 2015

    In Sacramento, a Capital Idea

    Gina Knepp of the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California, works to keep homeless people and their pets together.

  • July 1, 2014

    Partnering for Pets and People

    A collaborative effort between animal control and law enforcement reaps rewards in New Mexico.

  • May 1, 2014

    Witness for the Defenseless

    Attorney advises prosecutors, educates shelters on animal cruelty cases.

  • May 1, 2014

    Sailing Through the Changes

    Bonney Brown, former executive director of the Nevada Humane Society, kicks off her Humane Networking column in "Sailing Through the Changes".

  • March 1, 2014

    Putting a Friendly Face on Animal Control

    In California, the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter turns on the charm and engages it's community with a door-to-door approach. Could it work for your agency?

  • March 1, 2014

    Better Together

    Mission focus has driven some shelters to combine efforts and resources. From groups that have a productive history to those who were once at odds, animal welfare organizations are learning that they're often stronger when they unite. Though mergers are a complex undertaking, there are several key strategies that can help ease the transition and increase the likelihood of long-term success.

  • January 1, 2014

    The Underside of the Big Top

    Animal control officers can play a critical role in ensuring circus animals receive better treatment and help prevent cruelty.

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