Animal Abuse and Unlawful Killing: Forensic veterinary by Ranald Munro BVMS MSc DVM Dip Forensic Medicine DipECVP

By Ranald Munro BVMS MSc DVM Dip Forensic Medicine DipECVP MRCVS, Helen M. C. Munro BVMS MRCVS

This booklet courses veterinarians and attorneys during the various and intricate fields of alleged cruelty to, and illegal killing of, significant other animals, farm farm animals and flora and fauna. It attracts jointly present wisdom on tips to process, examine and document forensic circumstances.

  • Covers all features of the forensic autopsy together with reason and time of death
  • Features the basics of abuse and neglect
  • Allows quick entry to descriptions of other kinds of accidents and offers crucial tips on their interpretation
  • Backed by way of sensible typical operative tactics from global specialists to make sure right case management
  • High caliber, specifically chosen photos, a transparent writing sort and concise presentation informs and encourages the reader in the direction of soundly-based conclusions

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Ir Vet J 1996; 49:485–487. Tulleners EP. Metacarpal and metatarsal fractures in cattle. Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract 1996; 12:199–209. 29 6 Wounds and Injuries Introduction A wound is generally considered to be a skin injury, caused by some external force, that may extend to deeper tissues. However, external forces may injure (or wound) deeper tissues without necessarily breaching the skin. Such injuries fall within the definition of ‘blunt force injuries’. The common denominator in both types of injury is the ‘external force’.

11). Animal welfare officers and the police attended the farm, but the owner was unable to catch or control the bull. A marksman killed the bull with a shot to the head. Darkness was descending by this time and the dead animal was left in the field. In the morning when the authorities arrived at the farm it was noticed that the ends of the horns had been sawn off. The owner admitted that she was responsible. The police recovered two portions of horn believed to be the portions that had been cut off during the night.

Nevertheless, it is reasonable to conclude that bruising in deeper tissues may have required greater force than that resulting in only subcutaneous bruising at a similar site. Lacerations Lacerations are caused by blunt trauma that results in tearing or splitting of the tissues. They can be accidental, as in motor vehicle accidents (Fig. 5), or can be caused by heavy blows from a blunt weapon, or by violent shaking and tearing, during which the skin and deeper tissues are stretched until they tear.

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