Animal care and cruelty prevention conference set for April 24 at KCC

April 6, 2019

Daily Journal staff report

KANKAKEE — Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe will host the first Kankakee County Animal Care and Cruelty Prevention Conference from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 24 at Kankakee Community College in the auditorium of the Workforce Development Center.

The conference is free and open to the public. It offers the opportunity to learn from experts about proper animal care, local efforts to prosecute animal cruelty and how to prevent animal abuse and neglect. The event coincides with Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, which is in April.

Nearly two years ago, the state’s attorney’s office launched its Animal Cruelty Prosecutions Unit.

Two prosecutors assigned to this special prosecutions unit have since completed their training and had the experience of prosecuting a number of animal abuse and neglect cases in Kankakee County.

Also at the conference will be representatives from Harbor House and Kankakee County Animal Control; local animal advocacy organizations and K9 officers will be present for the networking session preceding the speakers.

Attendees are asked to RSVP by April 22 by calling 815-936-5800 or JRowe@K3County.net.

An agenda for the conference can be viewed at: k3sao.com/stopanimalabuse.