October 13, 2010

Course Developed by ASPCA with Funding by COPS

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), in partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ® (ASPCA®), today announced a new online course to help law enforcement and animal welfare professionals better detect, investigate, and take action against dogfighting.
The course, entitled Combating Dogfighting, was developed by the ASPCA with COPS funding as a two-hour, two-part curriculum. Part one offers a comprehensive overview of dogfighting issues in the United States, while the second part provides information and resources on effective response, investigation and enforcement.
“We are pleased to support the development of an easily accessible resource that will help communities throughout the country more effectively crackdown on dogfighting,” said COPS Director Bernard K. Melekian. “Dogfighting on its own, or when linked to other illicit activities, is a crime that truly harms a community and contributes to a sense of lawlessness that cannot be tolerated.”
“Dogfighting is a multi-million dollar criminal enterprise that leads to the inhumane treatment and deaths of thousands of dogs nationwide each year,” said Dr. Randall Lockwood, ASPCA Senior Vice President of Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects. “A dogfighting investigation requires many of the same skills and resources as an undercover narcotics investigation, and it can be extremely difficult for law enforcement professionals to investigate this highly secretive enterprise. The ASPCA is hopeful that our partnership with the Department of Justice will help combat dogfighting and bring more cases to light.”
Combating Dogfighting is a free resource open to all law enforcement and animal welfare professionals. Additional details about the training, including registration information and a short clip of the course, can be found at .

Companion Animals and the Law

September 14, 2010

Registration is now open for the online course: Companion Animals and the Law given by Lawyers In Defense of Animals, Inc.(LIDA) in collaboration with Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA). This course  explores limit laws,  breed specific legislation, issues of  trap, neuter and return (TNR), pet stores, puppy mills, hoarding, sheltering and more.   It is taught by the trustees of LIDA and relies heavily on materials drawn from LIDA cases. One of three courses offered in the Animals, Community and the Law Certificate program, this course may be taken for three graduate credits in the SPAA masters program and for non-credit. For graduate credit information please contact Dean Kirchhoff at or 973-353-1351. To learn more or to enroll for non-credit please go to

For content information, please contact Isabelle Strauss, Esq. at or 732-255-4696. The course starts September 7, 2010. Please register early to ensure enrollment.