District Attorney Soares has fought, and continues to fight vigorously to protect those most vulnerable to harm including animals. Studies show a very strong correlation between animal abuse and escalating violence, and spousal abuse is commonly found in homes where family pets are abused. Animal abuse is not tolerated by District Attorney Soares.
Maximum sentences are most often sought for individuals who intentionally harm companion pets. Since taking office, District Attorney Soares has assigned a felony prosecutor from the Special Victims Unit to oversee all cases involving animal abuse. Felony level animal abuse cases are indicted quickly and plea offers are strict. The Office of the District Attorney shares all animal abuse case information with local humane society groups to further increase public awareness.