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NC animal cruelty investigations: tips for a successful case
The Humane Society of the United States’ Law Enforcement Training Center trains thousands of law enforcement officers each year on the investigation and prosecution of illegal animal cruelty and fighting crimes. Trainers are former and current law enforcement and experts in enforcing animal protection laws. This course will briefly review the link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence, applicable state and federal laws, investigative techniques, search warrants, evidence collection, and prosecution preparation.

Lt. Bob DeWitt is a Deputy Sheriff with the Davie County Sheriff’s Office (NC), after retiring as a lieutenant and head of the animal services division on January 1st, 2020. Lt. DeWitt joined the US Army in 1979 and served as a Military Police Officer and Military Police Investigator for 10 years, working his last two in the Munich CID office as a member of Drug Team. He was then hired by the Union County Sheriff’s Office (NC) where he worked patrol, criminal investigations, narcotics and served as the agencies SWAT sniper team leader and operations officer. In 2000, he started with the Davie County Sheriff’s Office, becoming their first full-time animal cruelty investigator assigned to the criminal investigations division and eventually becoming the director of Davie County Animal Services, responsible for the county animal shelter and animal-related law enforcement.

Shalimar Oliver is the Animal Crimes Manager for the Humane Society of the United States. She oversees puppy mill investigations and egregious cruelty cases including large-scale neglect and animal fighting. Shalimar is also a disaster responder and assists with rescues where animals have been impacted by hurricanes, floods and other natural events. Shalimar was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, where she worked at the Sydney RSPCA and an Australian wildlife park before becoming a senior Animal Control Officer for the County of San Diego.

Oct 20, 2020 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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