The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by our founder, Henry Bergh, in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States”.  The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws, and share resources with shelters nationwide.

The ASPCA has partnered with the Maples Center for Forensic Medicine to create and maintain a Veterinary Forensic Services Team that is fully equipped to respond and assist law enforcement and veterinary professionals in the processing and analysis of any animal crime scene in the United States.  This team has decades of experience in human crime scene analysis and forensic medicine and they employ their expertise in the investigation and analysis of scenes of animal crime.  Learn more about this unique forensic science team.

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