The 101 Department: Animal CSI: Gathering the Evidence
Whatever the circumstances of the case, you now have to approach the scene, warrant in hand, with the steady hand of a rescuer and the calculating eye of an investigator. After the animals are secured, your focus turns to collecting evidence. How you gather it may ultimately determine who will have long-term custody of the victims; it will also affect whether the perpetrator sits behind bars or walks away to abuse again.
But where do you start? Besides taking a few photos of the animals and jotting down some comments from neighbors, what else is involved in properly documenting a crime scene? Although not a complete step-by-step guide, the following primer can help you start learning how to collect evidence the right way, furthering your chances of a successful prosecution.