Gathering Evidence - Animal Law Source

Gathering Evidence

Gathering Evidence

 

  • Animal abuse cases should be treated like homicide cases in the sense that there will not be a victim to testify
  • A typical investigation should involve:
    • Photographing and/or videotaping the entire crime scene
      • Location (inside and outside)
      • All animals as they were found
      • Use a camera capable of generating a date/time stamp
        • Prepare a log that records all photographs, description of animals, and location of animals
      • Document names, addresses and contact information for people in the vicinity who are or could be potential witnesses
      • Calling for a veterinarian to come to the scene during evidence collection
      • Seizing appropriate items at the scene, including the deceased bodies of animal victims and buried or burned animal remains
      • Documenting housing conditions
      • Always attempt to interview the suspect and obtain a tape recorded or written statement as soon as possible
      • Interview other residents, eye witnesses, and the reporting witness at the scene

 

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