Southeastern Animal Control Association

 Animal Control Training and Conference 

James W. Crosby, CBCC * KA

To summarize my qualifications regarding forming opinions about this case: I am a courtrecognized expert on dog behavior, dog aggression, use of force in response to dog encounters, and dog bite investigation in several states, including in the United States District Court of Colorado, based on experience and training. I am a Certified Behavior Consultant-CanineKnowledge Assessed. I have been working with aggressive and dangerous dogs for over ten years. I actively provide training for police departments and animal control agencies regarding dangerous dogs, dog aggression, use of force in canine encounters and the investigation of serious and fatal dog attacks on human victims. Agencies that I have instructed have included the Florida Animal Control Association, the Alabama Animal Control Association, the National Animal Control Association, the Alberta Animal Control and Bylaw Officers’ Association, the London Metropolitan Police and their Status Dog Unit, and other public and private conferences. I have directly investigated over 20 human fatalities by dogs with on-scene investigations, several of which have resulted in successful criminal prosecution. When unable to respond personally I have consulted on investigation of human fatalities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and India wherein I have rendered opinions. As a result of these investigations I have performed hands-on direct behavioral evaluations of approximately forty (40) dogs that have killed human victims. I am a Certified Animal Control Officer in the State of Florida and I served as the Animal Control Division Manager for Bay County, Florida, from February 2008 to September 2010. During that time my duties included daily shelter management, assuring the safe handling and  humane treatment of animals in the care of Bay County Animal Control, investigating complaints of animals neglect and cruelty, overseeing and assisting in animal rescue and capture, response to calls to assist police in animal related calls, and performing investigations and making findings of fact regarding the declaration of Dangerous Dogs under Florida Statute. I investigated many complaints about dogs and dog behavior. I interfaced with the Panama City Police Department, the Springfield Police Department, and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office on numerous cases. I was able to secure several felony prosecutions in Bay County and obtained at least one felony conviction in Circuit Court for animal cruelty, testifying in those cases as an expert. A listing of court cases and prosecutions involved in is attached to this report. I conducted training for the 2014 FACA Annual Conference on the subject of Dangerous Dog procedures and current case law in Florida. I am a Charter Member of the International Veterinary Forensic Science Association and am a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners. As to training received regarding animal behavior, I have attended many seminars and training sessions addressing canine behavior. These are listed in the attached CV and include, but are not limited to, advanced canine behavior training, obedience instructor training, dog behavior evaluation, Bite Prevention for Law Enforcement Officers, and course work take through the University of Florida on Animal Crime Scenes and Bite Mark Analysis. I served as a Police Officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office from 1977 to 1999, performing twenty two years of active service. During that time I served as a Patrolman, a Sergeant, and a Lieutenant.

Kevin D. Hearst Sr.

3671 Seabass Road

Decatur, Georgia 30034

Phone 770-595-8041 or 404-294-2940

Email contact: or

Instructor Background: I currently serve as DeKalb Animal Services & Enforcement Academy director (develop curriculum, student calendar, and other training materials. Lead field supervisor and Chief cruelty investigator for our (Animal cruelty Taskforce). I also serve as liaison In-service instructor for DeKalb Co. Police Academy, Sheriff Office, Code Enforcement, Emergency Management Agency and District Attorney & Solicitor-General’s offices. I serve as an expert witness due to my extensive knowledge, training, and experience in animal cruelty/ equine, dangerous animal and blood sports investigations.

Animal Cruelty Training: 

2016- HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) Instructor: Present course curriculum for Animal cruelty, Equine and Blood sports investigations.

2016- ALS (Animal Law Source) Instructor: Present course material involving Georgia Law, how to define and apply for court prosecution. 

2011- LETI (Law Enforcement Training Institute) Assistant program cord/ Instructor: Develop syllabus, presentations and course curriculum for University of Missouri extension program.

CherylAnn Fernandes

Animal Welfare Representative


250 West Cummings Park

Woburn MA 01801

Cell: 781.281.5167


CherylAnn Fernandes has worked in companion animal welfare for over twenty-five years.  Received her Bachelor's Degree in Humane Leadership from Duquesne University.  Spent over a decade as an animal control officer, then as both shelter director and in-house staff trainer at facilities in CT and NY, specializing in program development & Staff coaching.   She now works as Petlink's Regional Shelter Care Representative offering microchip products and services to animal welfare agencies and organizations.   Much of her free time is spent with her animal control officer boyfriend and volunteering as a board member for a local Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Jessica Rock



Jessica Rock, former Deputy Chief of the Special Victims Unit for DeKalb County, graduated with Honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. Jessica received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Emory University School of Law in 2003. In 2004, she became Georgia’s first dedicated animal cruelty prosecutor. For over a decade, Jessica successfully prosecuted thousands of cases involving animal cruelty, homicide, domestic violence, elder abuse and child victim cases.

In 2014, she co-founded Animal Law Source, an organization that serves as a resource for animal law professionals across the state and, a website dedicated to assisting those professionals. Training animal law professionals for over a decade, she continues teaching prosecutors, judges, attorneys, law enforcement, animal control officers, veterinarians, vet techs, animal shelter staff, rescue/foster, dog trainers, students and professionals involved with animals throughout Georgia on animal law, animal cruelty, neglect, fighting, abandonment, hoarding, large impound cases, equine cruelty, public safety, dangerous dog, civil dog bite cases and liability issues facing all professions involved. In addition to her speaking engagements, she also works diligently drafting laws related to animals in Georgia on both the State and local levels.

She is the current Chair of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and on the executive board of the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals.


12480 Crabapple Road

Suite 202-119

Alpharetta GA   30004


Claudine Wilkins earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1996 and graduated in 1997 with a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (LL.M.) from Vermont Law School. She started her career as a prosecutor in 1997 and began her own personal injury law firm in 2000. After prosecuting, she opened her own personal injury law firm and in 2004 and gained national attention in one of the largest verdicts in the nation in a landmark liquor liability case involving 3 fatalities. Since 1996, she has assisted in hundreds of animal abuse cases. In 1998, she created an annual conference targeting professional who are

involved in animal cases (criminal and civil), animal cruelty cases, dangerous dog cases and has organized a conference every year since. In 2009, she founded the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, a mainstream section that offers resources to all Georgia attorneys. In 2014, she founded Animal Law Source, an organization that serves as a resource for animal law professionals across the state and, a website dedicated to assisting those professionals. Her continuing efforts to draft legislation protecting children and animals resulted in the passage of many state and local laws including: the Georgia Dog Fighting law (2006), The Responsible Dog Owner Act, a law that revamped

Georgia’s dangerous dog law and protects the public by penalizing reckless dog owners (2012) and the Animal Cruelty Bill, a 5-year endeavor which amended our antiquated cruelty law (2014). Having trained over 5,000 professionals, she continues teaching prosecutors, judges, attorneys, law enforcement, animal control officers, veterinarians, vet techs, animal shelter staff, rescue/foster, dog trainers, students and professionals

involved with animals throughout Georgia on animal law, animal cruelty, neglect, fighting, abandonment, hoarding, large impound cases, equine cruelty, public safety, dangerous dog issues, dog bite cases and liability issues facing all professions involved.