May 10, 2010
The HSUS Concludes Mobile Animal Crimes Lab Media Tour
The Humane Society of the United States concluded a multi-city media tour to showcase a new weapon in the fight against animal cruelty — a 24-foot Mobile Animal Crimes Lab. The vehicle is manufactured to contain the latest forensic equipment to help law enforcement at animal fighting or abuse crime scenes.
"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, ultraviolet lights for spotting body fluids, entomology kits, a latent print lift kit and devices for identifying suspected blood.
The following organizations teamed up with The HSUS in promoting the vehicle:
- Des Moines, Iowa — Tom Colvin, executive director, Animal Rescue League of Iowa
- Chicago — Chief Ernest Brown, Organized Crime Division, Chicago Police Department; Larry Draus and T. Brown, Cook County Sheriff's Department Investigators
- Indianapolis — Larry Rollins, director, Indiana Division of Gaming Control; Laurie Adams, director, Casa Del Toro Pit Bull Advocacy Group; Maura Leon-Barber, public relations manager for the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Safety
- Nashville, Tenn. — Mary Pat Boatfield, executive director, Nashville Humane Association
- Montgomery, Ala., — Scott Hill, humane law enforcement officer, Montgomery Humane Society; Stephen Tears, executive director, Montgomery Humane Society
- Tampa, Fla., — Megan Thretewey, public relations manager, SPCA Tampa Bay
- Orlando, Fla., — Katherine Lockett, division manager, Orange County Animal Services; representatives from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, City of Orlando Police Department and City of Ocoee Police Department
- Chalotte, N.C., — Donna Canzano, director of development, Humane Society of Charlotte; Tracey Kichhofer, enforcement supervisor, Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control
- Richmond, Va. — Robin Robertson Starr, chief executive officer of the Richmond SPCA; Jody Jones, operations manager, Richmond Animal Care and Control; Sgt. Kevin Kilgore, chief, Hanover Animal Control
- 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 nationwide 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 vehicle, 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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