|Dog fighting prevention resources|
|Written by APB Staff|
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), in partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has announced a new online course to help law enforcement and animal welfare professionals better detect, investigate, and take action against dog fighting. The course, entitled Combating Dog fighting, was developed by the ASPCA with COPS funding as a two-hour, two-part curriculum.
Part one offers a comprehensive overview of dog fighting 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 dog fighting," said COPS Director Bernard K. Melekian.
"Dog fighting 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."
"Dog fighting 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 dog fighting 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 dog fighting and bring more cases to light."
Combating Dog fighting 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 aspcapro.org/cops.
editor's note: at the time this article was written, elements in Congress were trying to eliminate the COPS office entirely. While a portion of the COPS office funding has been restored, whether or not any funds available for programs like the dog-fighting program are still in place is unkown at this time.