Working with RH SPCA and local prosecutors, Dr. Pettigrew has already testified in cruelty cases. She is taking courses to become certified in cruelty and forensic medicine in order to help all those defenseless animals who have been abused. A combination of veterinary medicine, veterinary forensics, animal care and the practices used in organized crimes against animals such as dogfighting and cockfighting as well as other abuses are apparent in successfully pursuing animal cruelty cases. We will have this service available to assist prosecutors in their efforts to prosecute these crimes. Establishing a community free of animal cruelty is proven to be the first step to a violence-free community.