The Animal Legal Defense Fund has come out with their list of America’s Top Ten Animal Defenders. These are people who champion the cause of animal crime victims. It's no surprise to us that the Executive Director of the Susquehanna SPCA, Stacie Haynes, who has come to the aid of many animals in need of rescuing, especially in recent weeks, has been named on that list. Below is an excerpt about Haynes from the list...

Stacie Haynes serves as the executive director of the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA). In February 2019, Stacie worked with her local district attorney and county sheriff to form the Otsego County Animal Cruelty Task Force. The SQSPCA is often on the front lines of enforcing animal protection laws, but such enforcement requires the collaboration of all relevant agencies and organizations. Haynes’ task force has already tackled several large-scale cruelty cases, including one case resulting in the seizure of over 100 farmed animals. The task force is also focused on education and will provide training for social service agencies on how to identify and report animal cruelty.

Haynes, like the others mentioned on the top 10 list, are being honored this week during National Justice for Animals Week (February 23 – 29). This annual event is dedicated to raising public awareness about animal cruelty, how to report it, and how to work within your community to create stronger laws and ensure tough enforcement. Learn more about how to participate or to see the full list of America's Top 10 Animal Defenders go to aldf.org.