July 29, 2015: San Diego, CA — Stephen MacKinnon, Chief of Humane Law Enforcement for San Diego Humane Society, has joined the newly formed National Law Enforcement Council of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The council brings together outstanding current and former law enforcement officers and prosecutors from across the country to assist the organization in its efforts to strengthen and better enforce laws to protect animals from animal cruelty. MacKinnon is the only council member who currently leads a humane law enforcement division at an animal welfare organization.
Members of the national council were chosen for their leadership in protecting animals from neglect, violence and other crimes. With a particular emphasis on animal cruelty, fighting and poaching laws, the council brings together the best in the law enforcement field to help combat animal crimes nationwide. Member activities may include supporting state and federal legislation that strengthens animal protection laws, promoting animal protection training opportunities for local law enforcement, and raising awareness of The HSUS’ animal crimes rewards, tip lines, and other resources.
“I’m incredibly honored to serve on The HSUS’ National Law Enforcement Council and join this group of professionals as we work together to enact laws to protect animals,” said Chief Stephen MacKinnon. “We receive more than 10,000 animal services calls and more than 2,500 turn out to be cruelty/neglect cases, just in San Diego. Animal abuse and neglect is all too prevalent nationwide, and we need to be the voice for these defenseless animals.”
Ann Chynoweth, senior director of the animal cruelty and fighting campaign for The HSUS, said: “We are honored to join forces with Chief MacKinnon to combat animal cruelty, fighting and poaching through the National Law Enforcement Council.By fostering relationships across local, state, and federal levels of law enforcement and prosecution, we can make meaningful improvements to policies and actions that protect animals across the country.”
Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society said: “We could not be more proud to be represented on the National Law Enforcement Council. Animals need and deserve more laws to protect them, which will take collaboration from the best law enforcement professionals in the country. We look forward to the impact we’ll be able to make together.”
More on The HSUS:
• The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization, is dedicated to fighting all forms of illegal animal cruelty. It works collaboratively with local law enforcement by providing expert, financial, and field assistance to combat animal fighting, hoarders, puppy mills, and other abuse and neglect situations.
• The HSUS offers a reward up to a $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in dogfighting or cockfighting, acts of extreme animal cruelty, and persons operating puppy mills–commercial dog breeding operations that violate state cruelty laws.
• The HSUS offers workshops designed specifically to provide support and training for law enforcement professionals on topics such as animal cruelty andanimal fighting investigation and prosecution, bite prevention for law enforcement and first responders, and many others.
More on San Diego Humane Society:
• Serving San Diego County since 1880, San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals.
• San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement Department has officers in the field seven days a week, handling a variety of animal cruelty complaints from neglect or hoarding to malicious torture or killing.
• Humane Officers also educate the community about animal-related laws and how to properly care for their pets to prevent neglect from occurring.
• Chief MacKinnon working in the field with other humane officers
• Chief MacKinnon at San Diego Humane Society
• Chief MacKinnon, Chief of Humane Law Enforcement, San Diego Humane Society
• Dr. Gary Weitzman, President/CEO, San Diego Humane Society
• Ann Chynoweth, Senior Director, Animal Cruelty and Fighting Campaign
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Kelli Schry: 619.250.6801 or [email protected].
About San Diego Humane Society
Serving San Diego County since 1880, San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care, educate the community on the humane treatment of animals and provide safety net services for all pet families needing assistance with keeping their pets.
As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, San Diego Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside Petco stores throughout San Diego County. San Diego Humane Society is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store and small fees for services.