FOR MORE THAN A DECADE,

Valiant: Animal Rescue + Relief has tackled the most urgent and challenging animal crisis situations in the Carolinas.

 

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MEET OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Michelle Reid

Michelle Reid is an animal cruelty investigator and consultant with extensive training through the University of Florida and University of Missouri. She has investigated and been a key witness for some of the largest and most recognized animal cruelty cases and seizes in the Carolinas. Michelle has aided or consulted with local, state and federal authorities on their investigations. She has proven experience with cases linked to domestic violence, child abuse, child sexual predators, methamphetamine labs, illegal dumping, environmental and public health concerns, and various other illegal dealings.

Certified as an emergency responder, Michelle has hands-on experience performing animal disaster search and rescue work in areas hit hard by natural disasters. She has aided in the aftermath of numerous hurricanes, often spending weeks at a time working in partnership with organizations such as HSUS, American Red Cross, and other emergency responders.

Her areas of Expertise include:

+ Animal Cruelty Consulting for Government Entities

+ Animal Forensics

+ Management and Coordination of Animal Seizes

+ Training of Law Enforcement and Animal Control Officers

Certifications

Professional Animal Cruelty Investigator Certification,
University of Missouri

International Forensic Photography Certification,
Miami-Dade Medical Examiner

Master Naturalist of South Carolina Certification,
Clemson University

Extension Lowcountry Red Cross Disaster Team,
Federal Emergency Management Association

Lowcountry C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team),
Federal Emergency Management Association

Lowcountry D.A.R.T. (Disaster Animal Rescue Team),
Federal Emergency Management Association

Veterinary Forensic Science and Medicine,
North American Veterinary Community (NAVC)

Training

Vet Forensics Training,
University of Florida

Investigating Animal Abuse for Law Enforcement Training,
ASPCA

Bugs, Bones and Botany Forensic Training,
University of Florida

Animal Cruelty Training Workshop,
University of Florida

Certified Concealed Weapons Training,
SLED

Dog Bite Prevention Training,
ASPCA

Combating Dog Fighting Training,
ASPCA & COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services)

Psychological First Aid Certificate,
American Red Cross

Mass Care Overview Certificate,
American Red Cross

Pet First Aid Certificate,
American Red Cross

FEMA Training

IS-00100 Introduction to Incident Command System

IS-00700 National Incident Management System (NIMS)

IS-00010 Animals in Disaster,
Awareness and Preparedness

IS-00011 Animals in Disaster,
Community Planning

IS-00111 Livestock in Disaster

Examples Of Past Animal Cruelty Work

CHARLESTON, SC CASE: 2008

Hoarding Case involving 25 dogs and 1 cat. Removed animals and documented evidence. Provided crime scene photos and documentation in order to aid police with a connected case.

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC CLEMENTS FERRY CASE: 2009

14 Dogs, Investigated, seized, provided evidence documentation, testified. Owners charged and fined.
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COTTAGEVILLE, SC HORSE NEGLECT CASE: 2009

3 Horses, Investigated, provided evidence documentation, testified. Owner charged and fined.

MT. PLEASANT, SC DOG DRAGGING CASE: 2011

1 Dog, Investigated, provided evidence documentation, testified. Owner charged, jailed and fined.

EDISTO, SC ABANDONMENT CASE: 2011

3 Dogs, Provided evidence documentation, located owner, testified. Owner charged, jailed and fined.

LINCOLNTON COUNTY, NC PUPPY MILL CASE: 2011

Assisted with County Case, processed 114 seized dogs and provided evidence documentation.
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GASTON COUNTY, NC PUPPY MILL CASE: 2011

14 Dogs, provided evidence documentation. Owners charged and fined.

WILLIAMSBURG, SC COUNTY SHELTER CASE: 2012

Investigated, coordinated and executed seize of 76 animals, provided evidence documentation, testified.
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COLLETON COUNTY, SC CASE: 2012

Investigated, coordinated and executed the removal and relocation of 1 adult Black Bear.
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC CRUELTY CASE: 2013

Investigated, coordinated and executed a large scale seize and removal of 45 Hound dogs and the remains of hundreds of deceased animals, provided evidence documentation. Pending: 45 Felony counts of Animal Cruelty.
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VARNVILLE, SC CRUELTY CASE #1: 2013

Investigated, coordinated, executed the removal of multiple animals (dogs, horse, snake) Provided evidence documentation, testified. Owner charged, fined and not allowed to have animals for 6 months.

SEE ALL PAST CASE FILES