According to Glasgow, investigating and prosecuting animal abuse and neglect helps humans as well as animal companions.
“As St. Francis of Assisi recognized more than 900 years ago, those who would deny any creature the shelter of pity and compassion would do likewise to fellow humans," Glasgow said in a release. "These words were remarkable given that they were made during one of the most violent times in human history, and they remain true today."
According to Glasgow, “[t]he link between abuse to animals and violence against humans is undisputed. Addressing animal abuse many times leads to uncovering situations involving abuse or neglect of individuals in that home.
"Protecting animals helps to protect all of us. That is one reason I formed the League of Extraordinary Canines & Friends – a countywide initiative designed to combat animal cruelty and abuse through advocacy, communications, cooperative efforts with animal humane and rescue organizations, the specialized animal protection unit in the State’s Attorney’s office, the law enforcement community, and all local units of government.”
In addition to establishing the League of Extraordinary Canines & Friends to address animal abuse, Glasgow:
• Established an Animal Protection Unit in the State’s Attorney’s office to work with our law enforcement community on prosecuting animal abuse and neglect cases.
• Wrote Illinois’ 1999 Animal Torture Statute creating the State’s first criminal felony charge for animal cruelty, and in light of the strong link between cruelty to animals and violence against humans, mandating a psychiatric evaluation upon conviction to diagnose and treat propensity for violence against humans.
• Annually hosts an ASPCA seminar, as well as additional community forums, to educate our community about the critical importance of recognizing and reporting animal cruelty and abuse.
The ALDF’s National Justice for Animals Week is dedicated to raising awareness about animal abuse and urging law enforcement, prosecutors, and lawmakers to protect our animals and our communities from abusers. The theme for this year’s National Justice for Animal Week is “Fighting Animal Cruelty, Honoring Animal Victims.”
Above, State’s Attorney James Glasgow (holding award) with members of the Animal Protection Unit Jonathon Sakellaropoulos (left), Jeff Brown (second from left) and Courtney Hogan (right), and Terri Crotti, founder and president of Wags 2 Wishes Rescue along with therapy dog Kiwi.