Training Law Enforcement to Spot DogfightingPosted by Scott Heiser, Director of ALDF's Criminal Justice Program on August 28, 2009
ALDF Attorney Dana Campbell is headed to Daytona Beach, Florida for more than just fun in the sun. On September 14, she will be training the Daytona Beach Police Department how to spot dogfighting operations.
With NFL quarterback Michael Vick bringing dogfighting to the national spotlight, Lt. Jesse Godfrey, who heads the Police Department’s training division, said, "we want officers to know how to recognize the signs of dogfighting if they come across it," according to a recent article in the news-journalonline.com.
"Before this became national news, other trainers were teaching this class, but no one paid much attention," Godfrey said. "Many of us have gone into houses on a drug bust and we’ve seen dogs in pens, or kept in special rooms that were filled with feces, and we had no idea it was a dogfighting operation."
Local animal advocates welcome the Police Department’s dogfighting course.
"I’m glad to see Daytona Beach police taking such proactive steps," said Cheryl Robel, president of Concerned Citizens for Animals.
Law enforcement training is one service offered through ALDF’s Criminal Justice Program. ALDF attorneys lead accredited training programs for
police and animal control officers, prosecutors, and community
groups on topics such as investigating and prosecuting animal abuse. Dana’s trip to Florida comes on the heels of ALDF’s training for Kentucky’s prosecutors at their summer conference in Lexington just last week.