Glasgow Announces Free Animal Cruelty Investigation Seminar

November 9, 2022 JOLIET— Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow invites members of the community interested in learning about issues relating to animal abuse and neglect to attend the free seminar, “Animal Cruelty Investigation Essentials,” which he is sponsoring along with the American Society for the Presentation of Cruelty to Animals and the Tri-River Police Training Region. The three-day event will cover topics ranging from puppy mills to identifying cruelty, and attendance is not limited to members of law enforcement.

“This important event is geared toward anyone who wants to learn more about animal cruelty investigations, ranging from volunteers at local rescue organization to members of law enforcement seeking to learn more in this critical area,” Glasgow said. “Addressing animal abuse often leads to uncovering situations of abuse or neglect of individuals in the home. Moreover, studies show that people who abuse animals as children are more likely to abuse other human beings as adults. Protecting animals helps all of us.”

The event will be held at Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Road. Topics that will be covered are:

November 15:

  • Identifying Cruelty                                       8:00 am – 9:15 am
  • Puppy Mills                                                   9:15 am – 10:30 am
  • Animal Hoarding                                          10:45 am – 12:15 pm
  • Open Source Investigations                         1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Animal Cruelty & Domestic Violence        2:45 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Vets & Crime Scene Techs: The

Importance of Veterinary Forensics           1:30 pm – 4:30 pm


November 16

  • Photography of Animal Crimes                  8:00 am – 9:30 am
  • Importance of Forensic Veterinary            9:45 am – 11:00 am


  • Identifying Evidence & Collection              11:15 am – 12:30 pm
  • Animal Behavior Evaluations as                 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Evidence of Psychological Cruelty

  • Officer, Don’t Shoot My Dog                       3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

November 17

  • Search Warrant Considerations                 8:00 am – 9:30 am
  • Preparation for Prosecution                        9:45 am – 11:30 am
  • Blood Sports                                                  1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

It is not necessary to attend the entire event; individuals are welcome to specific presentations on topics of interests. Please identify the sessions you plan to attend when registering.

Members of law enforcement can register at All others can register, or seek additional information, at

Glasgow’s annual Animal Cruelty Investigations Seminar is provided in conjunction with the League of Extraordinary Canines & Friends, established by Glasgow as a countywide initiative designed to combat animal cruelty and abuse through advocacy, communications, cooperative efforts with animal humane and rescue organizations, the specialized animal protection unit in the State’s Attorney’s office, the law enforcement community, and all local units of government.