Topics covered include:
• Texas-related animal laws
• Recognizing key evidence, warrants, and statements
• On-scene evidence collection and processing evidence in the shelter
• Examples of cruelty from blood sports to puppy mills and animal hoarding
• Investigating cruelty and fighting complaints, from first response to filing charges
• The Link between animal abuse, interpersonal violence, and other violent crimes
INSTRUCTOR: Ethel Strother
Ethel has been working with and around animals for more than forty years. She recently retired with over twenty-five years in Animal Services throughout Texas and has served as an Animal Control Officer Instructor for twenty-three years. Ethel graduated in 1986 with an Associate in General Animal Science and has thirty years of Veterinary Technician experience. She has served on the board of directors for the Texas Animal Control Association for more than sixteen years and served as Past President. She is frequently invited to testify at the Texas Capitol during the legislative session on animal-related bills. Her certifications include Texas Certified Euthanasia Technician/Instructor (DSHS approved), TCOLE Instructor, Texas Certified Cruelty Investigator/Instructor, Basic-Advanced-Administrative Certified Officer, Certified Compassion Fatigue Counselor, Certified Animals In Disasters Responder, National Animals in Disaster Responder, Equine Cruelty Investigations, and Instructor with over 40 years of Equine/Livestock experience and certified in Animal Cold Laser Therapy.
Class limited to 80 attendees.