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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.

  • Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium

    The site aims to bring together the work of HARC as well as credible resources from throughout the U.S. to help you better understand the phenomenon of animal hoarding, its impact on individuals and communities, and its sentinel role for elder abuse and neglect, child abuse and neglect, and adult self-neglect.

  • September 1, 2015

    Gratuitous Gore

    An Alabama raid shows that the rural blood sport, Hog-dog fighting still exists.

  • 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.

  • September 1, 2014

    Crossing the Thin Blue Line

    Teaching police officers effective, positive techniques for handling dogs makes communities safer for both law enforcement and pets.

  • July 1, 2014

    Partnering for Pets and People

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

  • July 1, 2014

    Cold-Blooded Complications

    Explore the unfortunate growth of a highly questionable business resulting in increasing numbers of snakes, lizards and other reptiles.

  • May 1, 2014

    Witness for the Defenseless

    Attorney advises prosecutors, educates shelters on animal cruelty cases.

  • 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?

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