Oregon's Animal Abuse Prosecution Gets a Boost from the ALDF

Due to severe budget cuts in Oregon’s justice system, animal cruelty cases have no longer been getting to court. A generous grant from the ALDF (Animal Legal Defense Fund) will pay for a full-time prosecutor whose sole responsibility it will be to litigate the state’s animal abuse cases. Oregon’s public policy favors the aggressive prosecution of animal cruelty and paying for the care of the animal victims. Police officers are also required to make arrests in animal abuse cases and veterinarians are required to report abuse. The current director of the ALDF’s Criminal Justice Program, Scott Heiser, who is a former Oregon prosecutor, hopes this new project will be a model for other states.