Investigating animal neglect and cruelty requires training on a wide variety of topics. Our catalogue of resources can help you work smarter, not harder for more effective outcomes for animals in your community.
Resources and Articles
From the Magazine
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.
Animal control officers can play a critical role in ensuring circus animals receive better treatment and help prevent cruelty.
Puppy mill rescues are often the culmination of months of preparation, and, when they happen, they're a methodical step toward putting one of an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. out of business.
Taking on a major hoarding case can stretch a shelter’s staff and its budget. We offer tips about how to plan for the costs of such cases, and present them to supporters so they can help you defray the expenses.
Following her two passions—law enforcement and animal welfare—leads an animal control officer to help secure the first felony dogfighting conviction in Washington state.
Policies & Programs
The HSUS' Dogfighting Rescue Coalition is dedicated to giving every dog rescued from dogfighting busts a chance at a new life. They depend on shelters and rescue groups who are willing to partner with them and take these dogs into their programs and find proper placements for them.
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.