Court Advocacy



  • Sadly, animal abusers even when they are convicted, their sentences do not fit the crime, considering the terror and pain the innocent animals are forced to endure.


    Many of us have heard about, read about, or perhaps even witnessed acts of animal cruelty.  Some of us have cried, and talked with friends and loved ones about our outrage and anguish. 


    While we all agree that we need tougher laws…we should be maximizing the ones we have!

    The Nassau County SPCA will have members attend every court proceeding involving animal cruelty. We are asking concerned members of our community to join our Court Advocacy Program.  Attending court proceedings for criminal animal abuse cases is an important way to demonstrate that our community cares about animal protection and expects zero tolerance for animal cruelty. While the slow-churning wheels of the legal system can be frustrating, a persevering group of concerned members from our community will make a difference. The presence of the Nassau County SPCA Court Advocacy volunteers will convey a strong message to the defendant, the judge and all other interested parties in the criminal justice system: this community cares about the outcome of these animal abuse cases and is willing to devote its time and energies to monitoring the workings of the judicial system.


    We must stand for justice for the victims of animal abuse.  Together we will see that these voiceless victims of cruelty are not forgotten, and their pain and suffering are not without punishment


    Violent acts toward animals have long been recognized as indicators of a dangerous psychopathy that does not confine itself to animals. “Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives,” wrote humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer. “Murderers ... very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids,” according to Robert K. Ressler, who developed profiles of serial killers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Studies have now convinced sociologists, lawmakers, and the courts that acts of cruelty toward animals deserve attention. They can be the first sign of a violent pathology that includes human victims.


    The Nassau County SPCA Court Advocacy is a way to show support and solidarity against animal cruelty crimes in our community. We need your help!



To sign up for information about the Court Advocacy Program please click here.