Animal Cruelty

The Animal Cruelty Prosecution Unit and regional Sacramento Animal Cruelty Task Force were formed 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 District Attorney’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.

The Animal Cruelty Prosecution Unit was created 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 include members from numerous county and city law enforcement and animal control agencies.

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Statistics & Citations on Link Between Family and Animal Violence