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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.
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.
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
- 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.