What Dog Fighters Don’t Want You to Know: Considerations for the Justice Professional
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- What to look for in a possible dogfighting case
- Identifying the dogfighter’s equipment and paraphernalia.
- What’s the equipment used for and how?
- What are the dogfighters thinking?
- What are the dogfighters doing to keep you off their trail?
- Questions you can ask.
- Answers to expect during interviews and which probing questions to ask.
- What you can do to make sure you have probable cause for dogfighting.
Presenter: Terry Mills is Director of Blood Sports Investigations for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. Mills is widely known in the animal welfare community for his work on the 18-month-long federal dogfighting raid, which covered eight states, resulted in the seizure of more than 500 Pit Bulls in one day and more than 100 convictions. The case became known as the Missouri 500. Prior to joining the ASPCA, Mills spent 32 years as a Missouri State Trooper, where he investigated major crimes and participated in undercover operations involving narcotics, homicide, terrorism, organized crime and gang-related activities. Mills also served as an investigator in Missouri’s Organized Crime/Anti-Terrorism unit and as an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Investigator.
Based in North Carolina, as ASPCA Blood Sports Investigations Director, Mills works with law enforcement, animal control and other agencies to spearhead dogfighting and cockfighting investigations. He trains law enforcement, judges, prosecutors and animal welfare professionals on such topics as blood sports, investigation techniques and evidence recovery.