Pilot UF Program Training Deputies to Identify Animal Abuse and Theft
NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA - In a pilot program the Unviersity of Florida is pairing with sheriff's deputies to foster relationships between law enforcement and agricultural producers to help with theft and to identify cases of animal abuse.
In Alachua County the training is for deputies who work with the rural animal services unit.
for Deputy Danny Buckley - whose been working on the unit for seven years - the training has helped fill in gaps where no training existed before.
Deputy Danny Buckley, Alachua County Sheriff's Office - "what kind of skill set you have that you can present to a jury when it comes time for criminal prosecution up until this point there hasn't been any kind of certification for agricultural law enforcement and this program will fill that void."
Some of the training includes identifying appropriate animal weights, what kind of feed to give animals who are malnourished, and how to help owners rehabilitate their animals.
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