Animal Place seminar to focus on farm animal abuse |

Animal Place seminar to focus on farm animal abuse

Marin Humane Society Captain Cindy Machado will be the guest speaker at a seminar at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Animal Place, the farm animal sanctuary in Grass Valley. The seminar, sponsored by the Coalition of Animal Welfare and Support, is open to the public and is free. Machado is from the Marin Humane Society, and Jamie London, director of Animal Care at Animal Place, will also speak.

“Nevada County Animal Control had expressed interest in having educational seminars on specific animal species,” said Kathy Monteiro, CAWS director. “CAWS listened and responded.”

The first seminar in June was specific to horses. All of the animal control officers were in attendance, as well as two representatives from the District Attorney’s office, which prosecutes animal abuse cases. Residents from horse clubs attended, and there was an exchange of ideas, education and resources to help assess and prosecute equine abuse and neglect.

“If the community is able to recognize when an animal is in distress, they will feel empowered to call Animal Control to investigate, and then with a professional investigation, it can be turned over to the DA’s office to successfully prosecute,” Monteiro said.

“With everyone working together and proper education, we can be more effective in eliminating animal abuse in Nevada County.”

Animal Place is located at 17314 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-575-7984 or go online at

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