Before joining the Humane Society of Huron Valley, Michele Baxter worked for the Michigan Humane Society for 14 years, six of those as an investigator with the Cruelty Investigation Department. Baxter left the HSHV for several years, first to pursue an animal services position, and eventually as a certified police officer for Sandy City, Utah. She returned as a cruelty investigator in May 2006.
Baxter has been investigating dogfighting via the Internet for more than 10 years, has been an expert witness on dogfighting cases, and has served on two dogfighting task forces. She has worked closely with Raj Prasad of the ALDF's Animal Protection Unit for the past four years pioneering Internet-based dogfighting investigations with great success, and she has assisted agencies across the country with Internet-related inquiries.
Baxter received her police certification through the Police Officers Standards and Training of Utah and has completed levels I, II, and III of the University of Missouri's National Cruelty Investigations School. She has received FEMA training for disaster response and has responded to two separate oil spill disasters. She also attended Kaplan University for Criminal Justice.
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