LAAS and UCLA Law School to Host Educational Program

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LAAS and UCLA Law School to Host Educational Program on Dog Bite Investigations

Program will take place on July 19, 2019 at UCLA Law School.

Los Angeles, July 8, 2019 – The Los Angeles Department of Animal Services and UCLA Law School’s Dog Administrative Hearings Clinic invite you to participate in an educational program about dog bite investigation, which will be held at UCLA Law School on Friday, July 19, 2019, in Room 1314. Participants may be eligible to receive continuing education units, depending on work specialization and type of license (if any). There is no charge for participating in this program, and lunch will be provided. Parking at UCLA is $13 per day. Please RSVP prior to July 10, 2019 to Professor Taimie Bryant: An accurate count is necessary so that sufficient food can be ordered. Also, please indicate your specialization, work content, and/or license (if any) relevant to this program. Enrollment is limited to 50 participants.

Instructor: Jim Crosby, Certified Behavior Consultant and recognized expert in canine behavior, dog bites and attacks, and shelter management and operations. He is a retired Police Lieutenant from Jacksonville, Florida, and former Animal Control Division Manager in Bay County, Florida. He has combined his police experience and his animal specific experience to train Animal Control and Police agencies on animal issues, including dangerous dog cases and criminal cruelty investigations. Mr. Crosby has taught the Florida Animal Control Certification curriculum and, as Director for Canine Encounters for the National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse, is currently developing a nation-wide curriculum for Police and Law Enforcement regarding the proper use of force in canine encounters. He is a regular consultant and expert witness regarding legal cases in local, State Court, and US Federal Courts. He has particular expertise in fatality dog bite investigations and, also, the investigation of animal fighting cases, including extensive experience in the evaluation and rehabilitation of former fighting dogs.

Brief description of program:

Morning session: 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 pm: focus on the basis of canine aggression, why it exists, how that applies to animal complaints. Why dogs bite, and how to assess just what a bite involves. Reasonable perception of dog behavior vs. unreasonable fear and how that fits with CA law/LA ordinance code and with the requirements of participants’ various positions.

Lunch: 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm. Lunch will be provided at the law school.

Afternoon session: 1:30 to 5:30 pm: focus on evidence, behavior evaluations, including their reliability and applicability to the cases presented; whether there is predictive value to evaluations and why or why not. What does science say?

Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States with six services centers serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls involving an animal or person in danger. LA Animal Services promotes and protects the health, safety and welfare of animals and people.


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