Amarillo Animal Management Hosts National Cruelty Investigations School


It’s a chance for law enforcement and volunteers to better spot animal cruelty cases. It Is the National Animal Cruelty Investigators School, a one-week, 40-hour class.

Christy Fischer, the assistant director at Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare says, “It’s designed to help animal cruelty investigators, law enforcement officers, animal control officers, veterinarians, and prosecutors to learn more about the various aspects of animal cruelty and neglect investigations and to give them the opportunity for continuing education in that arena.”

This is also the first time they have held this class since a city ordinance passed banning bestiality in Amarillo.
“We’re excited that we now have some tools available for us to be able to help and for law enforcement to be able to help get justice for these animals that are being victimized in these ways,” says Fischer. “So, bestiality and animal sex crimes are actually something we’re going to be discussing through the National Animal Cruelty Investigators School.”
While many of the students are used to dealing with cats and dogs every day, equine and livestock will be a different experience for most.
Michael Paxton, a student in the class says, “Equine and cattle are kind of new to me. I was raised in Oklahoma so it’s not something that is far fetched or away from me, but I’ve never been up close and handled these kind of animals or learned about the certain kind of abuses they take.”
If it sounds weird having police officers go through this class over animal cruelty when that is mostly animal control’s job, there is a reason. After they finish the third phase of this class, they are then certified as a national animal cruelty investigator through the University of Missouri.

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