SD District Attorneys office forms special unit to prosecute animal cruelty

first_img May 30, 2018 Sasha Foo Posted: May 30, 2018 Sasha Foo, SD District Attorney’s office forms special unit to prosecute animal cruelty 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego County District Attorney’s office is launching its first unit dedicated to the prosecution of crimes involving animal cruelty.The new unit, the first of its kind in the county, will work as an arm of the Family Protection Division which also handles crimes involving child abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse.District Attorney Summer Stephan said that animal abuse cases often serve as an early indicator that a person is developing a pattern of seeking power and control through abusing others.The D.A. said 13% of the office’s animal cruelty cases also involve a defendant with a history of domestic violence.“When animals in a home are abused or neglected, it is a warning sign that others in the household may be in danger,” Stephan said.According to the D.A., 70 percent of animal abusers also have records for other crimes. Veteran prosecutor Karra Reedy will be the head of the new unit.“I tend to see these days a lot more violent cases where people are just outright being violent to animals; stomping them, kicking them and breaking their bones,” Reedy said.When we asked her why this is occurring, she replied, ” I wish I could answer that question. I think if we could answer that question, we’d be able to prevent a lot of animal abuse or violent crime on people, for that matter.”Prosecutors will partner with police, Sheriff’s deputies, the Department of Animal Service, animal control officers and the San Diego Humane Society to hold abusers accountable.The San Diego Humane Society will collaborate with the D.A.’s office on cases of animal cruelty in the city of San Diego, starting July 1. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img