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October 19, 2009

Come See Wayne County Prosecutors at Michigan Law!

Date: Monday, October 26, 2009

Time: 12:05 PM to 01:15 PM

Location: 150 Hutchins Hall

Description: The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is hosting Wayne County (Detroit) Prosecutors and creators of the Animal Protection Unit, Raj Prasad and Amy Slameka. Come enjoy lunch, and learn about the unit and the criminal aspects of animal law.

Posted by kehollow at October 19, 2009 01:23 PM


The prosecutors provided extensive information on animal crimes and the excellent work they are doing to combat these crimes. Some of the highlights are below.
-The three types of animal crimes are neglect, willful/malicious cruelty, and animal fighting.
-Once a crime is reported, the prosecutors work with the Humane Society and the police departments. In neglect or “failure to provide adequate care” cases, a veterinarian will evaluate the animals. For those cases, the prosecutors are not just there to impose fines and give jail sentences, but are also there to provide general education on how to properly care for an animal.
-In willful/malicious animal cruelty cases in Michigan, the hardest part is proving intent. This is a statute-based crime and there is very little case law. A prison sentence is the goal of these prosecutions, but many offenders need mental health treatment as well.
-Animal Fighting: The prosecution of dog fighting cases takes the largest amount of time. However, it is hard to find because the animal fighting community is close-knit. They go after the whole enterprise from the breeders to the fighters. When executing a search warrant, they look for videos, pictures, training equipment, and drugs since the dogs are not taken to veterinarians. The fighting community also uses underground publications. One such publication is the Sporting Dog Journal, which provides statistics just like from a baseball game.

Posted by: racioppo at November 1, 2009 12:53 PM

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