A growing number of animal hoarding cases involve groups or individuals who characterize themselves as legitimate animal rescue operations but are, in fact, keeping animals in extremely unhealthy conditions. These make up a significant portion of the large-scale animal cruelty cases that require action by law enforcement, animal care and control and animal protection groups.
In this webinar, we will describe how such cases can differ from other animal hoarding responses and how to address the special legal, tactical and public relations issues that can arise.
For over 30 years, Dr. Lockwood has worked with law enforcement agencies as an expert on interactions between people and animals. He has testified in dozens of trials involving cruelty to animals and the treatment of animals in the context of other crimes, including dogfighting, child abuse, domestic violence and homicide. A member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Dr. Lockwood is also a fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners and on the board of directors of the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association. He received a public service award from the United States Attorneys’ Office for his assistance in the Michael Vick dogfighting case, and is currently an advisor on animal-related crimes to the New York State Police Medico-Legal Investigations Unit.