Voice For The Animals Foundation assists with the reporting and prosecuting of animal abuse and neglect. We work closely with both the LAPD Animal Cruelty Task Force and the City Attorney’s Animal Protection Unit.
In 1996 and 1999, VFTA spearheaded two very successful LAPD trainings on animal cruelty. In 1996, trained 25 officers and, in 1999, trained 55 officers
VFTA is one of the founders of the Animal Cruelty Task Force which derived out of the trainings, and is under the auspices of the LAPD.
VFTA spearheaded a successful campaign to encourage DA Steve Cooley to start an animal cruelty prosecution unit in the DA’s office.
Law enforcement officers are responsible for the investigation of animal cruelty, which ranges from misdemeanor to felony, depending upon the severity and level of intent. These crimes are important because they affect many aspects of society.
The State of California represents the interests of animals much in the same way that it represents the interests of minor children or other dependent victims.
All police departments are responsible for investigating all animal abuse crimes and protecting all victims.
Each part below is linked to a different video that discusses the specifics of animal cruelty and how to be an active participant in protecting animals:
Interview featured below with Robert Ferber, City Attorney & Former Animal Abuse Prosecutor: