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OHIO ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATIONS MANUAL
Animal cruelty has been a crime in Ohio for more than 140 years. Yet the subject remains misunderstood by many courts, prosecutors, attorneys, the press, and even law enforcement officers.
Animal offenses are some of the most difficult to detect and prosecute, largely because the “victim” cannot speak. And unlike other property offenses, animal victims are often owned by the offender, so there is no objective person with an interest in the damaged property to report the crime.
The purpose of this manual is to remove some of the mystery and confusion by providing clear explanations, simple standards, and an easy reference for humane agents and other law enforcement officers involved in the investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty, neglect, and abandonment.
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ANIMAL LAW e-BOOK (members only)
This online reference is intended for members of the Ohio Animal Welfare Federation who regularly investigate and enforce Ohio laws relating to animal control, cruelty, neglect and abandonment.
Members can log in and access the Member Discussion Forum. Ask a question, post the availability of excess resources such as food or supplies that other members may need, or connect on topics of interest. A summary of recent posts appears below, but to use the Forum you must be logged in.
NATIONAL LINK COALITION
A monthly report of news from the National Resource Center on the link between animal abuse and human violence.NATIONAL DIRECTORY OF ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS AGENCIES
A directory of agencies that respond to animal abuse complaints in over 6,500 counties, cities and towns, including 105 communities in Ohio. The directory was created to make it easier for the public to report suspected animal abuse. It also contains hotlines for reporting child abuse, elder abuse and domestic violence.
SHELTER ANIMALS COUNT
Shelter Animals Count is a collaborative initiative formed by a diverse group of stakeholders to create and share a national database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts, and enabling insights that will save lives.
Resources provided by the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.
FIVE FREEDOMS OF ANIMAL WELFARE
The welfare of an animal includes its physical and mental state and we consider that good animal welfare implies both fitness and a sense of well-being. Any animal kept by man must, at least, be protected from unnecessary suffering.
CAPACITY FOR CARE
How many pets can your shelter house while still providing them with appropriate care, veterinary attention, space, stress relief and attention? The answer to that question is your organization’s "capacity for humane care,” a number that will vary depending on the shelter’s resources. Maddie's Fund has numerous online resources to help you determine your capacity for care.
The University of California Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine Shelter Medicine Program have partnered to create Virtual Consultant: a free web-based tool that enables animal shelters to assess their everyday practices.
Published by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians
From UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program
From the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Which software is right for your shelter or rescue group? There are many to chose from and this site managed by Petfinder can help.
Accurate and efficient record keeping is crucial to all animal shelters. This manual lays the groundwork for successful record keeping and makes it easier to keep accurate and efficient records.
ANIMAL WELFARE FUNDERS
List of companion animal funders compiled by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
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