Hundreds of Kansas law enforcement officers will receive free comprehensive training and resources regarding police and dog encounters, animal cruelty investigations, the link to human violence and animal fighting investigations. The training, which will be held in five locations throughout the state, are provided by the Humane Society of the United States in partnership with local organizations.

The trainings will be held July 17 through July 21. Topics will include how dogfighting and cockfighting are associated with other felony crimes; seizures, warrants and evidence collection as related to animal crimes; knowing, interpreting and applying cruelty and fighting laws and more. Participants will receive a duffle bag containing investigative equipment to provide the tools needed to implement what they’ll be learning as well as a Kansas Animal Law book.

For this effort, the HSUS is partnering Kansas City Animal Services, Kansas City Police Department, Kansas animal Control Association, Topeka Police Department, Kansas Sheriff’s Association, Helping Hands Humane Society and Great Plains SPCA. The program is offered through the HSUS’ Humane State Program, which provides resources and training for animal shelters, law enforcement and other entities in targeted locations.

John Thompson, the deputy executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association, said: “With little to no training available to them, law enforcement is at an extreme disadvantage in the fight against animal abuse. The Humane Society of the United States is a leader in training law enforcement to identify and combat animal cruelty on all levels and we are excited to support the Humane State Program.”

The HSUS’ Kansas senior state director and Kansas native, Midge Grinstead, said: “We are pleased to provide these resources for law enforcement officers in the state and hope that it will help them in their efforts to respond to incidents of animal cruelty and puppy mills and help drive up enforcement of state laws.”

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