Mineola - (WALK) Nassau County will expand efforts to protect some of its most vulnerable residents by creating a Council on Animal Protection and Safety, according to District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
The council will be comprised of representatives from Nassau's three towns: Oyster Bay, North Hempstead and Hempstead and from its two cities, Long Beach and Glen Cove, and will meet for the first time Friday at the district attorney's office in Mineola.
"Part of my job as district attorney is to be a victim's advocate and give a voice to the voiceless. I'm proud... that some of the most voiceless among us, abused and mistreated animals, have champions and advocates in Government," said Rice in a statement Thursday.
Earlier in her administration Rice created the District Attorney's Animal Crimes Unit, the first of its kind in New York State, in 2010.
Animal rights advocates have long linked abuse of animals as a precursor or indicator of potential abuse of humans, and cite cases of abusers using threats to pets as a means of attempting to control vulnerable people in relationships.
The council is expected to identify local trends in regulations and legislation on behalf of animals, and combat neglect, abuse and abandonment of animals, according to officials.