Target: Lisa Dority, program coordinator for the National Animal Cruelty Investigations School
Goal: Praise The National Animal Cruelty Investigations School for giving agencies the tools they need to combat animal cruelty
Animal cruelty is a serious and widespread national problem, has only recently started to receive the attention that it deserves. Lisa Dority, the program director at the National Animal Cruelty Investigations School (NACIS) recently made a public announcement detailing its recent surge in registration. The school has been around for 24 years, but until recently, had little affiliation with law enforcement agencies or animal control. This has changed and the NACIS has done incredible work seeing to it that agencies across all aspects of society are not only educated and trained, but are working together, and for that they deserve our gratitude.
When the program was founded in 1990, it saw almost exclusively humane society employees. Over the past eight years, however, enrollment for representatives from law enforcement, animal control, humane societies and other agencies has taken off. In fact, half of the students today are working with law enforcement. “The public is asking that animal crimes be investigated more thoroughly,” Dority said. “Across the nation, animal crimes are coming to the forefront. It’s time for that now.”
The National Animal Cruelty Investigations School was the first of its kind. The program has three levels of curriculum. Each is composed of a five-day, 40-hour course. The first examines animal law, report writing, basic nutrition and anatomy, officer survival, media relations, breed identification and animal handling and behavior. In the second, students learn about compassion fatigue, criminal activity, agricultural animals, equine investigations, torts and civil rights, confinement operations and evidence identification. Finally, in level three students learn about relationships between animal abuse and family violence, animal sexual abuse, disaster response, case building, exotic animals and large-scale impounds.
Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank the National Animal Cruelty Investigations School for its incredible work over the past 24 years and for its recent push to get more agencies involved at a time when crimes against animals are a significant part of the public consciousness.
Dear Ms. Dority,
You recently spoke up about the incredible work the National Animal Cruelty Investigations School is doing to educate a broader range of agencies throughout society. Animal welfare has become a growing concern and public awareness around the issue is the biggest it has ever been. Many agencies, including those involved with law enforcement, still have very little experience in effectively investigating and prosecuting crimes against animals, but thanks to you this is changing.
Thank you for all of the work you have done to not only bring awareness to animal abuse and neglect, but to ensure that those who are responsible for stopping it are properly trained. Because of the work of programs like yours, animals are getting the protection they deserve.
[Your Name Here]
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