Southeastern Animal Control Association

 Animal Control Training and Conference 

Dr. Rebecca (Gimenez) Husted
Rebecca Husted Published the first textbook on Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (Wiley-Blackwell) in 2008.   She is a decorated combat veteran, retired Signal Officer, US ARMY, holds BS (Biology) Wofford College, PhD (Animal Physiology) Clemson University.   She provides training in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER tm) techniques across the US and internationally.   She has published numerous critiques, techniques and journal articles on a variety of technical subjects in large animal disaster and emergency rescue, horse barn fires and heavy rescue of large animals.   She is a Principal/SME member of the Technical Committee of the NFPA Standard 150 - Animal Housing and contributes to equine/livestock welfare committees and others defining technical competencies for large animal response around the world.




Claudine Wilkins

Animal Law Source was a vision that evolved over 34 years by founder Claudine Wilkins who has been working in the animal related field since 1984.  At age 16 she was a vet assistant and began her legal career as a prosecutor in 1996.   Over her 25 years of experience as an animal law expert, she created original materials through research, interviews, legislative drafting, case law studies, teaching and gaining a true understanding of how the law is applied.   Her work and writings became the foundation of the AnimalLawSource.org website to benefit professionals and the public.   Knowing "state and local" law is essential to the mission of ALS and most of her materials are geared to state specific information.   Daily, she answers questions from professionals and the public seeking guidance on cases or issues involving animals.   Claudine is the state's leading expert on animal law.   Putting this knowledge in one place for easy access along with educational symposiums and targeted trainings are all part of the overall vision in AnimalLawSource.org - your number one animal law resource in Georgia.




Katherine Kekel

Katherine Kekel has devoted her life to saving & improving the lives of animals. From the age of 13, she has passionately been working with the Cherokee County Animal Shelter, being involved in every step of the shelter process.

She has been on staff since 2012.

In her spare time, she continues her passion by helping pet owners with in home training.

When not helping others adopt or train their dogs she is spending time with her two rescued dogs & cat: Ruggles, Molly, & Butters.

Certifications:

-Certified Professional Dog Trainer -Knowledge Assessed, 2020

-Victoria Stilwell's VSPDT, 2015

-Aggression in Dogs by Michael Shikashio, 2020

And is a proud member of:

-The Association of Pet Dog Trainers

-The Pet Professional Guild 

 -Fear Free Pets

She continues to stay up to date with the latest in science based dog training techniques




Mike Perkins


Mike Perkins began in animal welfare in 1996 as a volunteer at a local shelter in St. Louis, Mo.  As a police officer, he was a K9 handler for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and spent the last 5 years of his law enforcement career as their head trainer.

After 23 years in law enforcement, he was the director of the Animal Cruelty Task Force and Disaster Response for the Humane Society of Missouri for 7 years.  In March 2018, he moved to Georgia and has started the Cruelty Investigation Division, part of the Animal Protection Unit for the Atlanta Humane Society.

Mike is also a Master Trainer for the North American Police Work Dog Association and works with several police K9 units throughout Georgia and the United States in the areas of Utility and Narcotics Detection.