National Dog Bite Investigation, Treatment and Prevention Conference '12

Recorded May 04, 2012

This activity has been planned in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) through the joint sponsorship of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and The Animal Law Section, State Bar of Georgia and Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.


    Animal Law Section, State Bar of Georgia;
    Children's Health Care of Atlanta

    The (First) National Dog Bite Investigation, Treatment and Prevention Conference: A Symposium by and for Lawyers, Judges, Medical Professionals, First Responders (EMS, ACO, ER), Veterinarians & Technicians, Animal Control Officers, Police, Dog Trainers, Educators, Shelter Directors and Legislators addressing current issues affecting the education and interaction of professionals in preventing and treating dog bites and victims.


  • Betsy R. Choder, Program Co-Chair; Chair, Animal Law Section, State Bar of Georgia; VetCounsel, LLC, Atlanta

  • Claudine S. Wilkins, Program Co-Chair; Founder, Animal Law Section, State Bar of Georgia; Wilkins & Associates Law Firm, Alpharetta

Welcome and Program Overview

Betsy R. Choder, Program Co-Chair

Introduction of Keynote Speaker and Panelist—
Victoria Stilwell

Claudine S. Wilkins, Program Co-Chair

dog bites—impact on society

Victoria Stilwell, Author, Trainer and Dog Behavioral Expert from "It’s Me or the Dog", Animal Planet, Atlanta

Dog Bite Victims: Their Stories

Gene Maddox, State Representative, House Bill 685, "Dogs: Dangerous and Vicious"

responsible dog owner laws and legislation, Includes Georgia Law

Claudine S. Wilkins, Program Co-Chair

safety for first responders and officers, containing a dangerous dog at scene and after impound, shelter staff injury prevention

  • Kevin Hearst, Animal Control Officer, DeKalb County Animal Services and Enforcement, Decatur

Rabies—transmission, treatment (dog and human) and reporting of rabies

  • Cherie L. Drenzek, DVM, State Epidemiologist, Georgia Public Health, Atlanta


  • Mark L. Wulkan, MD, Surgeon-in–Chief, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Professor and Chief of Pediatric Surgery,Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta


  • Michael H. Greenwald, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta


  • Catherine Shields, C.C.L.S., Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta

  • Katie Pressly, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta

when fido’s bite is worse than his bark—invisible dangers inside a dog’s mouth: diseases transmitted to humans from dogs – symptoms, statistics, treatment and prevention

Heather Bair-Brake, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM, LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service Zoonoses Team, Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

Legal team: Preparing, Prosecuting and Sentencing a Dog Bite Case—Best Evidence, Direct and Cross Examination of Witnesses and Experts, Presenting Cases and Charging a Jury, Sentencing, Restitution, and Remedies for Victims

  • Hon. Stacey K. Hydrick, State Court of DeKalb County Georgia, Decatur

  • Sherry Boston, Solicitor General, DeKalb County, Decatur

  • Jessica K. Rock, Deputy Chief Solicitor, Special Victims Unit, DeKalb County, Decatur

  • Kimberly S. Schwartz, Assistant District Attorney, Macon Judicial Circuit, Macon

  • Claudine Wilkins, Program Co-Chair

Questions and Answers

Panel of All Available Speakers