ASPCA FIR

About FIR

Field Investigations and Response
How Agencies Can Participate
How Individuals Can Participate
How FIR Can Help You
Rescuing Victims, Fighting Cruelty
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"I don't recall ever seeing a more efficient and qualified crime scene team anywhere. It definitely made a difference in the outcome of the case." -Richard M. Shields, Prosecuting Attorney, Henry County, Missouri


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How FIR Can Help You

In cruelty cases, FIR provides expertise to help investigate and prosecute crimes against animals. The team assists local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and animal cruelty investigators in a variety of areas:

  • Criminal investigations
  • Identifying probable cause and preparing search/seizure warrants
  • Crime scene processing
  • Evidence collection and documentation
  • Forensic testing
  • Veterinary forensic services such as:
    • Documentation of live animal evidence
    • Forensic necropsy
  • Case file preparation
  • Legal consultation (including providing expert witnesses and sentencing recommendations)

Your agency can request the assistance of FIR team by completing a request form. Our team will review your request and determine our ability to help with your case.

Coming Up

In May, 2015, FIR is providing an intensive two-day training for Florida law enforcement agencies in animal cruelty inestigation. For more information on the May training, download FIR's brochure.

"The ASPCA team came to my county exceeded every expectation I had.  I have worked in the criminal justice system as a police officer, defense attorney and prosecutor for a total of over thirty years.  I don't recall ever seeing a more efficient and qualified crime scene team anywhere.  It definitely made a difference in the outcome of the case."
-Richard M. Shields, Prosecuting Attorney, Henry County, Missouri

Click here to read about the Missouri case.

Disaster Response

Whether a community has had five days to watch a developing tropical system or five minutes since a tornado touched down, the FIR team stands ready. FIR responders can provide various levels of support following a disaster. Resources may be available in the following areas:

  • Swift and slack water rescue
  • Animal search and rescue
  • Emergency transportation
  • Assessments
  • Emergency animal sheltering
  • Incident command

While not required, FIR encourages communities to start their relationship with the team before the disaster happens. Through the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) process, communities can learn more about FIR's resources, and the team can learn more about the community. For more information on an MOU, please complete this request.

Not with an agency and want more information on how you can report animal cruelty?  Click here to get started.

"The ASPCA's experience and knowledge in handling large scale disasters was invaluable. Their deployment team was a huge help in taking our sheltering protocols up to top-notch, and they provided relief so staff could get much needed rest. We are very grateful that we had the ASPCA team on the ground with us!"
-  Samantha Burnett, Central Oklahoma Humane Society