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April 28, 2010

The HSUS Unveils Iowa-built Mobile Animal Crimes Investigation Lab

Animal Rescue League of Iowa teams up with The HSUS to combat animal crimes

crimes lab truck

Chris Schindler/The HSUS

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Humane Society of the United States joined with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa to unveil a new weapon in the fight against animal cruelty: a rolling Animal Crimes Investigation Unit. The vehicle is manufactured to contain the latest forensic equipment to help law enforcement at animal fighting or abuse crime scenes. 

The Iowa press conference is the first stop in a 10-city media tour to promote the vehicle.

"This cutting-edge vehicle is an innovative tool in the arsenal of resources that we offer to law enforcement to crack down on animal fighting criminals and other abusers," said Chris Schindler, certified crime scene investigator for The HSUS.

The crime response vehicle features two fully-functional rooms for examining dogs and documenting their injuries, equipment for evidence packaging, ultra-violet lights for spotting body fluids, entomology kits, a latent print lift kit and devices for identifying suspected blood. 

"Animal cruelty and fighting are both felony crimes in Iowa, and we urge law enforcement in our state to use this new tool to catch those who abuse animals," said Tom Colvin, executive director of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

Facts

  • The Humane Society of the United States has the nation's only campaign solely dedicated to eradicating animal fighting on all fronts.
  • The HSUS has a national animal fighting tip line, 877-TIP HSUS as well as a reward program that offers up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in illegal animal fighting. 
  • The HSUS assists law enforcement agencies nation-wide by providing animal fighting experts who identify evidence and supply intelligence that can lead to convictions.
  • The Mobile Animal Crimes Lab was made possible thanks to a grant from the Florida-based Folke H. Peterson Charitable Foundation.
  • Iowa-based DODGEN Mobile Technologies, the manufacturer of the unit, donated the first 10 tanks of fuel to be used as the vehicle is driven to its future home base of Washington, D.C.

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