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MN OJP Virtual Conference: Animal Cruelty: The Link to Human Violence
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Cruelty to animals is often a potential indicator or predictor of crimes against humans. The link between animal maltreatment and domestic violence, child abuse, and elder abuse is well documented. Animal cruelty offenses also co-occur with other serious crimes and issues, such as illegal drugs and weapons, child pornography, and recent school shootings. Social services, victim witness coordinators, attorneys, judges, and law enforcement all play a critical role.

7/14/2020
When: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Joann Jones
651.201.7318

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Cruelty to animals is often a potential indicator or predictor of crimes against humans. The link between animal maltreatment and domestic violence, child abuse, and elder abuse is well documented. Animal cruelty offenses also co-occur with other serious crimes and issues, such as illegal drugs and weapons, child pornography, and recent school shootings. Social services, victim witness coordinators, attorneys, judges, and law enforcement all play a critical role in the prevention of animal cruelty and, for the protection of animals and humans, need to know how to identify and report suspected animal cruelty. This presentation will provide an introduction to animal cruelty, the link to human violence with cases specific to Minnesota, and a discussion of ideas and resources for how authorities and advocates can collaborate and respond to suspected cruelty, where both animals and humans are victims.

An attendance certificate is available upon completion of the post-webinar evaluation. A CEU credit unit is available under the Minnesota Board of Social Work.
Please contact the conference director for interpreter services.

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Speakers

Ann Olson
Executive Director @Animal Folks
Ann Olson is the Founder and Executive Director of Animal Folks, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect animals and communities by working to improve how animal anti-cruelty laws are enforced in Minnesota. This mission is supported by multiple programs and statewide data collection of animal cruelty cases. With more than three decades in corporate leadership positions (in Minnesota, California, and Hong Kong), Ann brings a unique mix of systems-thinking strategy, legal knowledge, and senior management experience to her role at Animal Folks. Ann is a registered lobbyist, consults and trains on animal cruelty, and has authored numerous animal cruelty materials, including “Reporting Animal Cruelty: The Role of the Veterinarian” (targeted to MN-licensed veterinarians), which has also been adapted for use by veterinarians in Oklahoma and Massachusetts.
Reese Fredrickson, JD
Pine County Attorney @Pine County Attorney's Office
Reese Frederickson, esq., is the County Attorney for Pine County, MN, first being elected in 2014. Reese and his staff are responsible for the prosecution of state statutes and county ordinances. He is also the chief legal counsel to the county. Reese has 11 years of experience as a prosecutor and has tried numerous jury trials, including animal cruelty cases. In 2017, Reese was named a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. In 2016, Reese was named “Attorney of the Year” by the Minnesota Lawyer magazine. He was also named “Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year” by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In 2016, Reese was the first lawyer to be published in the academic journal Veterinary Pathology September 2016. Reese has been featured many times in local, state, and national media, and has been a feature speaker at conventions and association meeting through Minnesota and other states. He serves on the board of Animal Folks.

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