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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

    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.

  • September 1, 2015

    Block by Block

    In cities across the U.S., animal welfare groups are knocking on doors and bringing pet care services to the neighborhoods that most need them. Read how the Pets for Life program is changing the lives of pets and people one block at a time.

  • July 1, 2015

    What Goes Down ...

    Your adopters and novice foster caregivers may not be prepared for that horking sound longtime cat owners know so well. Here's what one kitty devotee learned when he explored the world of cat vomit.

  • July 1, 2014

    Unforgettable: A Girl Named Fred

    Profile of a parrot named Fred and her foster parent who nursed her back to health.

  • 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.

  • 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

    No Place Like Home

    Advocates use prevention strategies and fair housing laws to keep owners and pets together.

  • May 1, 2014

    Witness for the Defenseless

    Attorney advises prosecutors, educates shelters on animal cruelty cases.

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