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Preparing for Court: Considerations for Animal Crime Prosecutions in Ohio

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Erin M. Aiello Esq.
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This two hour presentation will cover testifying about animal cruelty cases from both the perspective of the prosecutor and the officer, effectively working with witnesses, special considerations for cases related to intimate partner violence, utilizing experts, effectively navigating cross-examination and preparing for trials involving animal victims. Presenter Erin M. Aiello, Law Enforcement Trainer, Humane Society of the United States.

  • Unique challenges presented in animal crimes
  • Assessing the strength of a case
    • Important evidence/documents
    • Witnesses
    • Expert testimony
  • Working with witnesses
    • Potential challenges
      • Cases involving victims of intimate partner violence
      • Cases involving neighbors
      • Intimidation
      • Juveniles
      • Fear of losing business (i.e. – veterinarians)
    • Lay witnesses
    • Considerations for first time witnesses
    • Tips for prep before court
    • The role of expert witnesses
  • Testifying
    • Qualifying humane officers as experts
    • Taking the stand
    • Cross-examination – common arguments, tactics and defenses


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Admitted to Massachusetts Bar, December 2008



Northwestern District Attorney’s Office                                  February 2019-Present

Assistant District Attorney

·      Assigned to the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit.

·      Train and supervise district court ADAs on sexual assault and domestic violence cases.

·      Conduct trainings for ADAs, law enforcement, and community partners related to domestic violence and sexual assault.

·      Represent the district attorney’s office at coalition meetings and task forces within the community in which we serve.

·      Attended the Crimes against Women conference in Dallas, Texas in April 2019.

·      Maintain both a district court and superior court caseload.

·      Review and handle all animal cruelty cases and/or investigations within our jurisdiction.


Humane Society of the United States                                 August 2018-Present

Reserve Law Enforcement Trainer/Speaker


Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office    November 2017-February 2019

Assistant District Attorney


Aitken, Chacharone & Power, P.C.                                            June 2016-October 2017

Associate Counsel


Bristol County District Attorney’s Office                                  March 2010-May 2016

Assistant District Attorney, Special Victims Unit                              June 2014- May 2016



Supervisor of Attleboro District Court                                                   November 2012-April 2014



Assistant District Attorney                                                                   March 2010- November 2012




Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, RI

Juris Doctor, May 2008


University of Hartford, Bloomfield, CT

            Bachelor of Arts, Politics and Government, magna cum laude, May 2005