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Funds will enhance special program geared toward
effective handling of animal abuse cases

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that it has awarded a grant of $10,000 to the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), which will be used to bolster its National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse (NCPAA) program that works to assist and train prosecutors and other professionals on the effective handling of animal abuse cases.

“The NCPAA initiative is an instrumental resource for the nation’s prosecutors as it allows them to obtain training specific to the handling of animal abuse cases, better understand the connection between violence to animals and people, and help raise awareness of animal abuse among the general public,” said Dr. Randall Lockwood, senior vice president of ASPCA Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects. “The successful prosecution of crimes against animals often requires specialized knowledge; the ASPCA is pleased to award this grant to help the NDAA further this mission through its NCPAA program.”    

The grant funding will help cover the cost of technical assistance, research, strategy discussions with prosecutors, and training requests—including a wide array of webinars. It will also be used to create a training manual for investigators and prosecutors.  

“We are very grateful to the ASPCA for providing this generous grant that will allow us to help prosecuting attorneys properly address incidents of animal abuse in their communities and hold offenders accountable,” said Scott Burns, executive director of NDAA. “As one of our national partners in this effort, we look forward to our continued partnership with the ASPCA as we work to bring these important cases to the forefront of prosecution.”

Thus far in 2013, the ASPCA has awarded nearly $9 million in grant funding to hundreds of organizations across the country. In 2012, the ASPCA gave more than $17 million to 1,039 organizations. To learn more about the ASPCA’s Grants Program, interested animal welfare professionals can visit

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


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Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever...

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