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state Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement
Assistant District Attorney
Special Prosecutor for Dog Law Enforcement
part-time Beaver County
NPPMWatch December 2007 News
Jeff Paladina, prosecutor for the state Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which filed the violations, said each count carries a maximum fine of $300.
"I'm happy (with Garrett's decisions), but at this point, this is only Round 1," Paladina said. To help better enforce dog laws and regulations, Governor Rendell appointed Paladina to his current position. In August, the attorney general granted Paladina the power to represent dog wardens in district court.
New dog law enforcer named, tougher state laws proposed
Jeffrey Paladina, a Beaver County assistant district attorney, was named special prosecutor for dog law enforcement.To Ms. Irwin, the most important of the governor's changes already is in motion: the hiring of Mr. Paladina to prosecute animal cruelty cases.
Daily Local News - Rendell profiles new changes to dog laws
Jeffrey Paladina, a Beaver County prosecutor, will serve as special prosecutor and will "level the playing field" for the Commonwealth, Rendell said.
Thoughts on Paws
Rendell also appointed Jeffrey M. Paladina, who most recently served as the assistant district attorney in Beaver County, as special prosecutor for dog law enforcement, one of six new positions in the Agriculture's Department's Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, who will work to make sure current laws are being enforced, according to the release.
Ex-prosecutor lets his career go to the dogs
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. In his new state job, Mr. Paladina will serve a completely different population.He is the state's first special prosecutor for dog-law enforcement.While he 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. "He 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 said. 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."