Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Congratulations to Certificate of Excellence Recipient Deputy District Attorney Debbie Ploghaus


Debbie has tried all types of cases including murders and gang cases. But her passion is animals. She works tirelessly to prosecute those who hurt and abuse them. She has been the lead attorney of the office’s Animal Cruelty Prosecution Unit since it was formed in April 2016, traveling all over the county to appear on her cases. She is also part of the County’s task force on animal abuse.

In 2016, she fought for a 16-month state prison sentence for a man who beat his girlfriend’s 8-week old pit bull puppy to intimidate her. She prosecuted one of the first cases in the country against a slaughterhouse that tortured cows before butchering them. She has handled numerous cock-fighting ring and dog-fighting cases, as well as horse neglect and animal hoarding. Among her cases that made the news was a man who fatally beat and dragged a Rottweiler on a leash and another who slammed wild rabbits to death.

Debbie frequently teaches other prosecutors, police and animal care officers on the subject of animal abuse. As well as the link between animal and domestic abuse. Animals cannot defend themselves, but they have Debbie on their side!

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