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Animal Cruelty Investigation Training workshop held in Tinmouth

The Humane Society of the United States teamed up with Vermont groups to provide Animal Cruelty Investigation Training at Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth, Vt. Friday, Sept. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop included mock crime scenes to simulate real-life settings.

The hands-on workshop was put on in cooperation with the Vermont Humane Federation and the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council as part of a series of three day-long workshops on animal cruelty investigation conducted every September at the Vermont Police Academy. Participants used the skills and techniques learned in the classroom in a real-life setting. Forget-me-Not Farm hosted the training. Some of the mock crime scenes involved large animals and a puppy mill operation.

Joanne Bourbeau, Northeastern regional director for The Humane Society of the United States, Dr. Janet Carini, D.V.M., owner, Rutland Veterinary Clinic at Castleton, Melody Squier, owner and operator, Forget Me Not Farm and TJ Anderson, training and curriculum development coordinator at the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council lead this workshop.