As an assistant district attorney in Beaver County
, Jeffrey Paladina
spent most of his
time prosecuting rapists, predators who surf the Internet and suspects charged with committing acts of domestic violence.Jeff Paladina
appointed dog-law enforcer by Gov.Rendell.
new state job, Mr. Paladina
will serve a completely different population.He is the state's first special prosecutor for dog-law enforcement.
prosecuted criminal cases in Beaver County
, much of his
work on the new job will involve civil court cases and other non-criminal matters, including the administrative appeals of kennels that have had their state operating licenses revoked.He
also expects to be involved in the state's proposed crackdown on unlicensed kennels.Mr. Paladina will be prosecuting animal cruelty cases according to Jessie Smith, named to the newly created post of special deputy secretary for dog law enforcement.
Yes, Mr. Paladina
has heard the jokes about his
career "going to the dogs," and he's
OK with that because he
does have a sense of humor and he
does own and love dogs.Mr. Paladina, 34, has been working in his new position for about a month, though his appointment was announced on Oct. 17.He
has moved to Harrisburg with his
wife, Julia, their 16-month-old son, Max, and their baby, Dominic, born Oct. 28.They also have dogs -- a pug named Suki and a Chihuahua named Gizmo. Mr. Paladina
is a native of Center, Beaver County
.He graduated from Center High School, the University of Pittsburgh and Wake Forest Law School.He was hired as a part-time Beaver County prosecutor in 1998 and had worked there full-time since 1999.Mr. Paladina gets high marks from his former boss, Beaver County District Attorney Anthony J. Berosh.
"The kinds of cases that Jeffrey Paladina
handled -- sex assault crimes -- from an emotional standpoint, those are very difficult cases.DA's are not lining up to volunteer for those cases, but he
did, and always performed well.
always did a good job and he
was a great guy to be around."Mr. Paladina
did prosecute at least one dog abuser in Beaver County
"A guy left his
dog in the car when he
went to a bar.A juvenile stole the car, and threw the dog out the window," Mr. Paladina
The appointment of Mr. Paladina
and Ms. Smith are part of what the governor earlier in October called "proposed sweeping changes to the state's dog law and related state regulations to improve the conditions under which dogs are bred and sold in Pennsylvania."