Use the resources below to understand animal cruelty as both a legal and community issue, which involves looking at some difficult subjects such as:
- Community tolerance of violence toward people and animals.
- Who should be held legally and morally accountable for damage and injury caused by animals?
- The need to balance perceived “quick fixes” with long term and ultimately more effective public safety solutions.
Pit Bull Cruelty
Look behind the headlines to the truth about this misunderstood breed.
Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse (.pdf)
Recognizing and responding to the frequent connection between these two crimes can help improve and even save the lives of their human and animal victims.
Are Breed-Specific Laws Effective?
Read why these laws do not protect the public from dogs that are truly dangerous, and what measures really do protect communities from dangerous dogs.
National Canine Research Council (NCRC) Website
Access canine aggression information and statistics from an organization committed to investigating and analyzing the circumstances, behaviors, and environments that result in severe or fatal canine aggression incidents.
A free online course geared for law enforcement and animal welfare professionals.
Prosecuting Animal Cruelty Webinars
The National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse, a program of the National District Attorneys Association, has teamed up with the ASPCA and Animal Legal Defense Fund to present a webinar series for professionals who pursue animal abusers – especially prosecutors, veterinarians, and law enforcement.
Muzzling Dangerous Dogs: Is Canine Profiling Effective? (Webinar)
Know the facts regarding dog attacks, while learning to craft effective Dangerous Dog laws that protect the public and the rights of responsible dog owners.