The Florida Animal Control Asso. presented its Sentinel Award to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office, 4th Judicial circuit, at its annual meeting and educational conference in Orlando on Friday.
The award recognizes achievements by people and/or organizations that have advanced the control and humane treatment of animals by compassionately working in their defense.
“Over the years we have developed a great working relationship with Animal Care and Protective Services,” said Michael Edwards, director of JSO’s Patrol and Enforcement. “Because of this, we’ve been able to work to pursue those committing crimes against animals in our community. I am honored to accept the award on behalf of the Sheriff and all the officers who work hard to keep our community safe.”
The SAO and the JSO, in working with Animal Care and Protective Services, have made unique contributions to protect Jacksonville pets/animals. Their efforts to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty and other criminal cases related to animals protected under Florida laws were recognized by the FACA panel reviewing the award nominations.
“We are proud to receive this award. Crimes against animals are as intolerable as those against people, and State Attorney Angela Corey has made a commitment to aggressively prosecuting criminals on both sides of the spectrum. We are proud to work closely with Animal Care and JSO to identify individuals who violate animal laws and bring them to justice,” says Assistant State Attorney Cyrus Zomorodian.
The presentation of the Sentinel Award marks only the second and third time FACA has presented this award in its more than 30 year history. It is also the first time that the award has been presented to two organizations in the same year.
“The recognition of these two agencies is well deserved,” said Scott Trebatoski, chief of Animal Care and Protective Services. “Our work with them has truly been rewarding. More importantly were are setting the bar for how criminal animal cases are handled locally and its great that the collective efforts are being recognized at the state level.”
The Florida Animal Control Association is the professional organization for animal control in the state. It is entrusted with the certification of animal control officers under state statutes, as well as certifying special skills like chemical immobilization and euthanasia. With more 1,200 members statewide, the FACA represents nearly all city, county and contracted animal control agencies in Florida. Its overall mission is to promote the highest professional standard for animal control officers and their agencies. It is one of the most highly regarded state animal control associations in the nation.
[Source: Text from City of Jacksonville/Public Information Dept.; Nov. 19, 2010]