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The Best Friends Podcast Episode 42

Cracking the Code
December 3rd, 2020

Animal service officers historically have been trained to function as code enforcement officers, and in many communities that is still the case. While this training is integral, it is not always a holistic representation or acknowledgment of all the tools officers have to do their work.

Continuing the discussion on moving from punishment to support, we look at changing the culture one officer at a time. Helping us all understand the systemic needs in our community and the full range of resources at our fingertips.

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This week's guest

Ashley Anderson Mutch

Ashley Anderson Mutch

Senior Program Manager, Enforcement and Policy Reform, Pets for Life at The Humane Society of the United States

Ashley Anderson-Mutch is a Senior Program Manager of Policy and Enforcement Reform with Pets for Life at the Humane Society of the United States. She works with animal welfare organizations across the country to address areas of inequity with internal and external policies that disproportionately affect underserved communities and communities of color. She also works with several municipal shelter organizations and local animal enforcement teams to implement community-based support practices.

Prior to joining the HSUS, Ashley worked as a Humane Law Enforcement Officer in the city of Philadelphia and across several counties in Pennsylvania.