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Union County to Offer Illegal Animal Fighting Training for Law Enforcement


Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich and the Humane Society of the United States, in cooperation with the New Jersey Sheriff’s Association will present a special training course for local law enforcement officers dealing with animal cruelty. Illegal Animal Fighting Training for Law Enforcement Officers will take place Thursday, April 2, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains. The seminar is open to County, Municipal, and State enforcement officers and animal control officers. Participants in the training will come from Union County as well as Sussex, Passaic, Bergen, Morris, Essex and Hudson counties.

Participants will learn about the history, motivations, and paraphernalia involved in illegal animal fighting as well as how to conduct interrogations and work with prosecutors and other agencies when illegal animal fighting is suspected.  The goal of this course is to enable investigators to be able to recognize and build strong cases against illegal animal fighting, specifically dog fighting and cock fighting.

“Statistics show that animal cruelty and fighting cases receive little or no attention even though there are laws on the books in all 50 states to prevent it,” said Sheriff Froehlich.  “With this training we hope more thorough investigations will lead to more convictions and lengthier sentences for those involved.”

Instructors will include: Sergeant David R. Hunt, Special Investigations Unit, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus, Ohio; Kathryn Strouse, Animal Control Superintendent, Chesapeake Police, Animal Control Unit, Chesapeake, Virginia; Cory Smith, Program Manager, Animal Sheltering Issues, The Humane Society of the United States.

Tuition for the seminar is $15 for all personnel, payable to the Humane Society of the United States (USHS).

For more information on registration you can contact Captain Barry Migliore of the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 908-527-4495.