FREE - The Link Symposium: Breaking the Cycles of Abuse

Conference Hosted by Houston PetSet in association with the Texas Humane Legislation Network. This complimentary event is open to Attorneys, Law Enforcement, and Animal Control Officers ONLY.


DESCRIPTION: Join professionals from multiple disciplines as The Link Symposium explores “the dark side” of the human-animal bond and its implications for human and social services, animal care and control, law enforcement and the criminal justice system, and human and veterinary medicine.  Symposium attendees will learn about new collaborative strategies, public policy, research, and programs to prevent family violence and to respond to its human and animal victims.

Continuing Education Credits for 6.5 hours (TCOLE, CLE, CE)

FREE Breakfast and Lunch!

DATE: Monday, October 16, 2023


TIME: 8:45AM - 4:30PM

LOCATION: BakerRipley Harbach Campus
6225 Northdale St, Houston, TX 77087


8:00 – 8:45 AM          Registration and Continental Breakfast Served

8:45 – 9:00 AM          Welcome and Introductions

9:00 – 10:15 AM        Breaking the Cycles of Violence (Part I)  Dr. Maya Gupta, Senior Director of Research, ASPCA

10:15 – 11:00 AM      Legislation and the LINK – Taking Animal Cruelty Seriously

                                    The Honorable John Whitmire, Senate District 15, State of Texas

                                    Facilitators: Tena Lundquist Faust. Co-President and Tama Lundquist. Co-President, Houston PetSet

11:00 – 12:15 PM      Breaking the Cycles of Violence (Part II), Dr. Maya Gupta, Senior Director of Research, ASPCA

12:15 – 12:45 PM      Lunch Break

12:45 – 1:45 PM        Violence Prevention & Compassion Education with Rescued Dogs

                                    Joy Southard, Executive Director, Healing Species Texas

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM    The LINK and Texas-Related Laws

                                    Shelby L. Bobosky, Esq., Executive Director, Texas Humane Legislation Network

                                    Felicia Kerney, Esq., Former Chief of the Dallas County Animal Cruelty Unit

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM    Afternoon Break

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM    Ask the Experts Panel

                                    Moderator:  Lisa Tynan, Houston PetSet

                                    Sydney Zuiker, Director of Safe Community Institute, Crime Stoppers of Houston
                                    Deputy Bryce Curtis, Animal Cruelty Officer, Harris County Sheriff’s Office
                                    Sonia Corrales, Deputy CEO, Houston Area Women’s Center
                                    Jay Chase, Chief Animal Cruelty Investigator, Houston SPCA
                                    Sergeant Rosalie Hutchison, Animal Cruelty Officer, Houston Police Department                                    

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM     Closing Remarks and Finalize Continuing Education Credits


October 16, 2023 at 8:30am - 4:30pm
BakerRipley Harbach Campus