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Family violence and animal cruelty: how prosecuting animal abuse can save lives
There is a significant correlation between intimate partner violence and violence against animals. Victims will often refuse to leave their abusers out of fear that their beloved pet would be harmed, and not having a safe place that will shelter them both. Largely because of this important link, The National Sheriffs’ Association formed an animal cruelty committee, and acts of animal abuse are now tracked alongside felony crimes like arson, assault, and homicide in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s criminal database. (1 hour webinar)

Trainer: Erin Aiello has been an assistant district attorney for eight years for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Working for three different district attorney offices she has had the opportunity to serve both urban and rural communities. Officially, her primary caseload is and has been the prosecution of abuse related crimes such as child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Unofficially, Erin has been her own one-person animal cruelty unit in every office she has joined. In 2011, Erin was recognized by the Animal Control Association of Massachusetts for her work on animal cruelty cases. Even in private practice, Erin was devoted to animal cruelty welfare and was proud to as a local counsel for the ASPCA in one of the largest animal cruelty and seizure cases in New England. Currently, Erin works in the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit in the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, where she focuses primarily on the prosecution of high risk domestic violence offenders. Erin is honored to represent the Humane Society of the United States to assist in their mission to generate successful prosecutions of animal cruelty offenses. Erin lives in western Massachusetts with her 14 year old diva of a cat- Lulu Aiello.

Nov 5, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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