We are a small dedicated group of professionals including current and retired law enforcement, attorneys, and animal industry experts, committed to working with law enforcement, the animal welfare community, and animal-based organizations and businesses to improve the way animal incidents are managed and investigated. 

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About the Owner

Recipient of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)  President's Award - 2014

Ms. Colleen Shelly is a graduate of West Chester University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science. She retired honorably from the Pennsylvania State Police in 2013 with the rank of Trooper First Class.

During her years as a PA State Trooper, she dedicated much of her career to animal crimes and animal law issues. She served in the Patrol and Criminal Investigation Units in Troop K, Philadelphia, as a Criminal Law Instructor and member of the Tactical Mounted Unit in the Bureau of Training and Education, and most recently as PSP's first Animal Crimes Investigator, a position within the Bureau of Criminal Investigation/Special Investigations Division. During her tenure with the Pennsylvania State Police, she developed the Basic Animal Cruelty and Animal Law course offered to federal, state, and municipal police officers. Ms. Shelly was the pioneer of bringing awareness to animal cruelty investigation and response by the Pennsylvania State Police before passing the torch and moving into the private sector. She was instrumental in changing the way animal cruelty and Dog Law complaints are viewed by many police departments across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Animal Crime Institute is the ever growing result of a vision to bring increased education and professionalism to the response of animal incidents.  

Ms. Shelly has a particularly strong background in equine issues, ethical issues in horse rescue and equine welfare, including drugs and medications in the sport horse industry.