Disaster & Cruelty

Combating Dogfighting Online Course

Underwritten by the US Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and developed as an accompaniment to the manual The Dogfighting Toolkit for Law Enforcement, the online course Combating Dogfighting teaches you how to detect, investigate, and take action against dogfighting within your jurisdiction.  

Combating Dogfighting was developed by ASPCA anti-cruelty experts Randall Lockwood, PhD (Senior Vice President, Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects), and Stacy Wolf, Esq. (Vice President & Chief Legal Counsel, Humane Law Enforcement). The course runs less than two hours and includes:

  • Part One, Understanding Dogfighting, contains a comprehensive overview of dogfighting in the United States.
  • Part Two, Investigating and Responding to Dogfighting, contains information and resources to help you detect and take action against dogfighting, including successfully prosecuting dogfighting in your community. 

Watch a short clip of the course. (Warning: contains graphic images of animal cruelty.)

The course has been approved:

  • by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Animal control officers in Texas may apply these courses toward animal control officer continuing education requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
  • by SAWA for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) continuing education (CE).
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