Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

Animal Related Investigations

Course Information

Course ID: 20-020
Course Start: 10/12/2020
Course End: 10/16/2020
Course Time: 10/12/2020 8:30 AM to 10/16/2020 4:30 PM
Course Days: MTWHF
Course Hours: 40.00

Location Information

4203 Montdale Park Drive.
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Pricing Information

Member Tuition: 0.00
Non Member Tuition: 0.00

Class Participant Information

Class Maximum Size: 0

Course Description



Everything You Wanted To Know About Animal-Related  Investigations But Were Afraid To Ask 

Detective Sergeant Michelle Dvorscak Lake County Sheriff's Department 

NOTE: This class involves both classroom lecture and contact with numerous live animals, including domestics, livestock, reptiles, birds and exotics. Class attendees will also be asked to drive to an off-site location for instruction involving personal contact with large animals. It is recommended that anyone who has any concerns regarding the requirements of attending this class make contact with the instructor prior to enrollment. 

October 12 -- Day One - 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

-Introduction of Presenter Introduction to the Animal Kingdom 

-Animal Behavior 

-Defining Animal Cruelty 

-How Animal Cruelty is a Precursor to Other Crimes 

-Domestic violence 

-Child abuse/molestation 

-Serial murder 

-Juvenile crimes 

-Illegal drugs and firearms 

-Indiana's Animal Cruelty Laws 

-Domestic Violence Animal Cruelty 

-Abandonment and Neglect 

-Torture, Mutilation and Abuse 

-Sexual Crimes Involving Animals 

-Laws Governing Service Dogs 

-Additional Animal Cruelty Laws 


-Use of Search Warrants in Seizure of Animals 

-Using Local Ordinance Laws 

-Disposition of Evidence Animals

- Large Scale Seizures 

-Disaster Response 

-Dealing with Hoarders 

-Puppy Mills 

October 13 -- Day Two - 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

-What Constitutes Animal Fighting 

-Animal Fighting Laws 

-Possession of fighting animals 

-Possession of animal fighting paraphernalia 

-Animal fighting contests 

-Animal fight promotion

- Animal fight attendance 

-Cock Fighting  

-Who fights animals and why? 

-The "rules" of animal fighting 


-What the patrol officer should look for 

-Criminal offenses related to animal fighting 

-Evidence-based criminal charges 

-Housing fighting animals 

-Dog Fighting 

-Who fights animals and why? 

-The "rules" of animal fighting 


-What the patrol officer should look for 

-Criminal offenses related to animal fighting 

-Evidence-based criminal charges 

-Housing fighting animals 

-Meet the Bully Breeds (Involving Live Animals) 

October 14 -- Day Three - 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

-Dealing with "Problem" Breeds  

-Animal Care and Control Centers 

-What do Animal Care and Control Centers Do? 

-The State Veterinarian  

-What is the IBOAH? 

-What are the State Veterinarian's Duties? 

-The State Veterinarian and Your Criminal Case 


-What Animals does DNR Deal With? 

-Laws Involving Wildlife 

-Moving Safely Around Wildlife 

-Procedures When Encountering Injured Wildlife 

-Animal Rescue Organizations (Dogs/Cats/Birds/Reptiles/Livestock) 


-Animal Welfare Organizations 


-Domestic Terrorists and Animal Rights Organizations 

October 15 -- Day Four - 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

-Dog Bite Prevention 

-Moving Safely Around Domestic Animals 

-Moving Safely Around Hobby Livestock 

-Exotic Animals (Involving Live Animals) 

-What is an "Exotic"  

-Laws Involving Exotic Animals 

-Moving Safely Around Exotic Animals 

-Livestock (Off Site Location in Lowell, IN)  

-What Animals are considered "Livestock" 

-Laws Involving Livestock 

-Moving Safely Around Livestock 

October 16 -- Day Five - 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

-The Use of Horses in Law Enforcement The Use of Horses in SAR 

-The Use of Canines in Law Enforcement 

-Narcotics Dogs 

-Explosive Dogs 

-Accelerant Dogs 

-Tracking Dogs 

-The Use of Canines In Search Work 

-Live Find Dogs 

-Disaster Dogs 

-Recovery Dogs 

• Land Search 

• Vehicle Search 

• Water Search 

- Firearm Detection Dogs 

-Electronic Detection Dogs 

-Wildlife Detection Dogs 

Insect Identification Dogs 

-Other Search Dogs  

Course Materials

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