North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Animal Abuse Investigations: Keeping Your Community Safe

Return to Course Offerings A-Z



September 19-21, 2017


The course is being taught by The Humane Society of the United States.

Who Should Attend:

Investigators, patrol officers, animal control officers or anyone involved in the investigation or prosecution of cases involving animals

Course Goal:

To assist the student by providing investigative techniques related to animal cruelty, neglect and fighting investigations along with applicable state and federal laws.

Course Objectives:

  • Background on illegal animal abuse and animal fighting 
  • How animal crimes are associated with other felonies
  • Handling cruelty and fighting complaints, from first response to filing charges
  • Warrants and interviews
  • Interpreting and applying cruelty and fighting laws 
  • Standards of care for equine and how to assess physical and living conditions
  • Common conditions and potential causes 
  • Investigating equine cruelty complaints from beginning to end 
  • Preparing for and executing an equine seizure
  • Recognizing evidence and investigative techniques 
  • Animal abuse as an indicator 
  • Connection between interpersonal violence and animal crimes and why social services should pay attention 
  • Collaboration for safer communities 
  • Local and national resources available for support with cases 
  • How animal encounters impact your agency 
  • Contributing factors to negative encounters 
  • Reading body language and how to appropriately approach dogs 
  • Preparedness and relationship building 


This course employs lecture, discussion and handout materials.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions


Register for ALL NCJA classes (online, traditional, web-based) on our North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. After signing in to the portal, you can view ALL available classes. If you don’t have a portal account, instructions for creating one are located here.




Course Coordinator:

Russell Strickland

Length of Course:

16 hours