Begin Main Content Area

Animal Cruelty and Fighting Investigations

Course Description:  This one-day training will introduce officers on how to investigate dogfighting, cockfighting, and animal cruelty crimes.  The course will cover statistics on who commits animal cruelty, the link between animal abuse and human violence, illegal animal fighting specifically dogfighting and cockfighting, applicable state and federal laws, investigative techniques, search warrants, evidence collection, and prosecution preparation. 

This course is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Humane Society of the United States.  Instructors are former and current law enforcement with an expertise in enforcing animal protection laws.  

Instructional Hours:  1 Day/7 Hours

Instructional Objectives:  After completion, the student will be able to:

• Know the background on animal fighting and illegal animal abuse in the Commonwealth.
• Know the connection between interpersonal violence and animal crimes.
• Investigate a cruelty or fighting complaint from first response to filing charges.
• Recognize evidence of animal fighting and illegal cruelty.
• Know some tips for interviews, warrants and evidence collection as it relates to animal crimes.
• Know how to interpret and apply cruelty and fighting laws within the Commonwealth.

Course Completion Requirements:  Attendance and successful completion of a knowledge check.

Audience:  PSP Enlisted, MP, Animal Control Officers

MPOETC CLEE Hours:  7  -  CLEE ID #  CLE00421

RegistrationPSP ONLY: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130All applications must be received 7 days prior to the course start date. 


Academy1/14/2020 9:00 AM1/14/2020 3:00 PMCpl. Charity A. Farrell, 717-533-9111, Ext. 344No
Maximum of 30 students