April 15, 2013

In The Know

Angels of Assisi hosted our inaugural educational seminar last Saturday!  "A Community Guide to Virginia's Animal Welfare Laws and Court System" was an amazing day of information and networking.

Jill Deegan, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney of Botetourt County, gave us an overview of the court system, animal welfare laws, and how animal cruelty cases work. She also shared the importance of giving animal control officers time to gather evidence for their cases; in other words, don't jump all over the officer if you hear "no charges were filed"- just because they are not immediately filed, does not mean they won't be.

A recurring theme throughout her presentation was the importance of knowing the code sections, and that there is actually a code section for everything. Who knew?! Click here to see a list of the section regarding agriculture and animal care.
You can even download an app to your phone- click here.

Jill also arranged for all of the speakers, and it was truly an honor to have so much talent in one room.

Michelle Welch
Assistant Attorney General
The role the Attorney General in Virginia's legal system, and an overview of dog fighting investigations and prosecution.

Sherry Ramsey
HSUS Director of Animal Cruelty Prosecutions
The link between animal cruelty and domestic violence.

Dana Miller, DVM- USDA
Using Veterinary forensics to prove your case.

Because these four speakers teach all over the county, and often together, their information weaved together to keep the aha moments plentiful. An added bonus was the addition of Officer Gibson and Officer Silvey, representing Roanoke City Animal Control. They were able to chime in on the state and national topics, and share their experiences from a local perspective, making all of our new found knowledge applicable right here in our community.

Thank you to all who attended, with a an extra special shout out to ACO's Gibson and Silvey - we soaked up your experiences "like a sponge" and have a renewed admiration for all you do. The day was filled with inspirational people, the kind that lift you up and make you want to be a better person. And now we are equipped with many of the tools needed to get the job done.

Officers Gibson and Silvey, along with
Libby Carden, RCACP Rescue Coordinator, and Trish Deaton, Director of Shelter Operations 
Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.
― Claire Fagin

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson


1 comment:

  1. Many thanks to AOA, Lisa O'Neill & Jill Deegan for all your hard work putting this seminar together. I was introduced to many resources available that I wasn't aware of & also learned a lot. Great educational event- thank you!
    Christine Lofgren