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Volunteers get animal crime scene training

Published On: Jan 27 2014 08:29:51 PM CST
CHICO, Calif. -

Multi-day, crime-fighting classes wrapped up Monday in Chico.

Dozens of volunteers showed up at the Butte County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Training Center on Morrow Lane.

The focus Monday was all about pursuing criminal animal abuse cases. It was organized by the North Valley Animal Disaster Group.

The organization may be Chico-based but said these skills can be taken anywhere.

"We're trying to upgrade our skills and our knowledge and experience so that we're valuable to not only our own group when we respond to a situation, but to the International Federation for Animal welfare that we often deploy with and other law enforcement groups and so forth that we work with," said volunteer Jim Breuner.

Breuner said they learned about evidence preservation and things like crime scene investigation today.

They may be volunteers but they were taught by the pros. Investigator Charlie Rollo from the Paradise Police Department spoke to the group, as well as other law enforcement officials.