The Status of Animals in Criminal Animal Cruelty Cases: What Animal Protection Professionals Need to Know

September 29, 2020 12:00 PM to September 29, 2020 1:00 PM
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Join Emily Lewis and Jamie Contreras, Senior Staff Attorneys with Animal Legal Defense Fund, for a discussion of the complex status of animals in criminal law.

An animal subjected to cruelty or neglect is a crime victim unlike any other.  She is simultaneously a living being who requires care and treatment; living evidence of crime whose condition must be documented and handled in a way that does not jeopardize the case against her alleged abuser; and a crime victim entitled to certain statutory protections and sentencing considerations—all while being the property of her abuser, who may retain a constitutionally protected ownership interest.

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