spcaLA Lends Expertise to State-wide Animal Care Conference

Los Angeles, CA (5/16/19) – The California Animal Welfare Association’s (CalAnimals) annual Animal Care Conference begins today in Santa Clara, CA. The conference brings together California’s animal shelter professionals to learn about the industry’s latest information in Behavior & Training, Law Enforcement & Field Services, Shelter Medicine, and Sheltering & Outreach. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) is lending two such professionals to the conference’s programming and activities: Madeline Bernstein, President and Director of Animal Cruelty Investigations, Captain Cesar Perea.

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Madeline Bernstein and Capt Cesar Perea

Recently, California’s two largest professional animal care associations, State Humane Association of California (SHAC) and California Animal Control Directors Association (CACDA) merged to form CalAnimals. Bernstein is the President of the newly formed organization.

Bernstein is the conference’s key-note speaker and will open the conference and welcome attendees with the state of the union of California’s animal welfare industry. She will also introduce new CalAnimals CEO, Jill Tucker.

Captain Perea has programmed dynamic investigative seminars and Case Study Sessions for the Law Enforcement & Field Services Track. spcaLA Animal Cruelty Investigations routinely works with local, state and federal authorities, and through these relationships, Captain Perea brings esteemed speaker, Special Agent George Olivo from the FBI, presenting on Advanced Interview & Interrogation Techniques. This full-day workshop will focus in-depth on complex criminal investigations.

The Case Study Sessions are specifically designed for: Animal Cruelty Investigators, Humane Officers, Animal Control Officers, Prosecutors, Police/Sheriff Officers, Deputies and Detectives, as well as all Local, State, or Federal Agents/Officers responsible for investigating animal-related crimes. The Animal Care Conference Case Study format is modeled after the FBI’s Violent Crime Behavioral Analysis Seminar, and is designed to enable conference goers to learn from the presenter’s successes and failures.