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Georgia Department of Agriculture announces equine training for law enforcement and animal control officials

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Georgia Department of Agriculture
Gary W. Black, Commissioner
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
www.agr.georgia.gov

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Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 5, 2013

Georgia Department of Agriculture announces equine training for law enforcement and animal control officials

The Georgia Equine Rescue League and the Georgia Department of Agriculture will host an Equine Handling and Investigations Training today for law enforcement and animal control officers. The training will be held at Sara Babb Park in Dallas, Georgia from 9:45am-3:30pm.

The Equine Handling and Investigations Training is a five hour course that will be comprised of lectures and hands on participation with live equines. The purpose of the training is to educate law enforcement and animal control officers on Georgia’s equine industry with a focus on equine health and regulations.

“The Georgia Department of Agriculture is excited to partner with the Georgia Equine Rescue League on this training course,” says Commissioner Black. “Our equine division and equine inspectors work very closely with both law enforcement and animal control on many of our equine abuse complaints and investigations. This training will serve as an opportunity to ensure that all parties are on the same page as we work together to protect the welfare of equine in our state.”

With this course, law enforcement officials and animal control officers can obtain five GA POST Credits. The training will consist of lectures on Georgia equine laws, horse handling 101, equine cruelty investigations, prosecutions and impoundments and an investigation lab. Special guests include Kevin Hearst of Dekalb County Animal Control, Sherwin K. Figueroa of Cobb County D.A. and Mat Thompson of the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

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About the GDA
The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.

About the GDA Equine Division
The Equine Health Division of the Georgia Department of Agriculture is responsible for enforcing the Humane Care for Equines Act, the Equine Act of 1969 and excerpts of the Animal Protection Act. Enforcement of these laws is achieved through the inspection of equine sales, abuse complaints, stables and events. This Division also manages the Equine Infectious Anemia Control Program.

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