Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert is pleased to announce the formation of an Animal Cruelty Prosecution Unit in the District Attorney’s Office as well as a regional Sacramento Animal Cruelty Task Force to address animal abuse throughout Sacramento County.
Recognizing a link between animal abuse and violent crimes against people (particularly child abuse and domestic violence), the D.A.’s office believes a specialized unit will result in consistent and skilled vertical prosecution of these offenders and that the task force will unite partners in law enforcement and community organizations to improve training, communication and awareness concerning issues of animal cruelty. According to the Humane Society of the United States, a study determined that in families under supervision for physical abuse of their children, animal abuse also existed within the home 88% of the time. Other studies reported a high percentage of women entering domestic violence shelters stated that their partners had also abused or killed a family pet. In seven school shootings that occurred across the country between 1997 and 2001, all of the young males involved had previously committed acts of animal cruelty.
The Animal Cruelty Prosecution Unit will be operational in January 2018 and is headed by veteran prosecutor Hilary Bagley-Franzoia, who has been recognized nationally and locally for her long commitment to animal abuse cases. Ms. Bagley-Franzoia will also chair the Sacramento Animal Cruelty Task Force, which will hold its first monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 8. The task force will include members from numerous county and city law enforcement and animal control agencies.
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