Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli; Laura Donahue, Virginia state director for the Humane Society of Virginia; and Moon
RICHMOND (September 5, 2012) – Today, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli received a 2012 Humane Law Enforcement Award from the Humane Society of the United States for his partnerships with animal control and prosecutors, pursuing animal cruelty charges across the state, and encouraging attorneys to develop an animal cruelty and fighting curriculum to help train prosecutors across the nation.
“My office and attorneys are dedicated to protecting Virginia’s most vulnerable, whether it is by saving the elderly from scams and abuse, shielding children from child pornographers, or protecting Virginia’s innocent animals from the scourge who try to hurt them,” said Cuccinelli. “I believe it is important to be good stewards to all of God’s creatures, and I am truly honored to be recognized by the Humane Society of the United States, an organization dedicated to promoting and protecting animal welfare.”
The award was presented by Lara Donahue, Virginia state director for the Humane Society, and “co-presented” by Moon, a dog rescued during an arrest in Nelson County which led to charges for the illegal sale of wildlife, the illegal sale of fighting roosters for animal fighting purposes, the possession of migratory bird talon, drug distribution, and animal cruelty.
“Moon was a dehydrated puppy just born to a starving mother who lacked appropriate shelter and required immediate emergency veterinary treatment when the agencies arrived on scene,” said Donahue. “Moon’s mother was doing the best she could to nurse him and his siblings despite her dire medical condition.
“But for Attorney General Cuccinelli’s leadership on this case Moon and his fellow canines would have likely remained on this property and would have met a similar fate as to the other animals, which were all in various states of starvation, abuse, and neglect. All too often we forget these voiceless victims and we knew Moon would want to share his gratitude too.”
A commitment to animal welfare
Since 2009, the attorney general’s office has responded to more than 80 requests for assistance from Virginia animal control, law enforcement, and attorneys litigating animal cruelty and animal fighting cases.
During Cuccinelli’s tenure as attorney general, the office has worked on numerous special prosecutions of animal crimes throughout Virginia. The attorney general’s office is also helping to develop an animal cruelty and fighting curriculum with the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, and participates on the animal cruelty committee of the National Association of Attorneys General.
About the Humane Law Enforcement Awards
“Receiving a Humane Law Enforcement Award from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is an honor reserved for law enforcement that has done remarkable work for animals in their community and for the enforcement of animal protection laws. HSUS Humane Law Enforcement Award recipients have accomplished everything from nabbing elusive animal abusers to winning victories in the courthouse and statehouse for the further protection of animals. Their stories have not only touched our hearts, but have made a tangible difference in the lives of animals across the country.”-Humane Society of the United States
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: Animals, attorney_general, cuccinelli, republican