Animal Abuse Awareness Month is coming up in April. What better way to kick this month off than by participating two local events this weekend!
The Maryland State Bar Animal Law Section will be hosting its annual Animal Law Symposium this Friday, March 30 in Baltimore. Topics will include incorporating animal law into private practice, prosecuting and defending animal cruelty cases, and how to set up a nonprofit organization. Check out the Maryland State Bar’s website for registration information and the full agenda. And good news for lawyers — this year, the Symposium will qualify for up to 7 hours of CLE credit! Veterinarians can also earn continuing education credit.
The Virginia Federation of Humane Societies will also be hosting its annual conference in Williamsburg, Virginia on March 29-31, 2012. Workshop and presentations include using social media to increase the effectiveness of foster programs, putting together an animal cruelty investigation and case, feral cat rescue and management, and enrichment activities for high energy dogs. Animal control officers can get credit for attending these great workshops.
These events and Animal Abuse Awareness Month could not be timed better, in light of the fact that the Traverse and Tremayne Johnson retrial has just gotten under way. This case involved dousing and burning a pit bull in the streets of Baltimore. Phoenix, as the dog was later named by responders, had to be euthanized due to her injuries, and has become a beacon to increase animal cruelty and abuse awareness. The first trial resulted in a mistrial. Jury selection is scheduled to begin today for the retrial.