Law N’ Paws is a unique rescue group that was established in
2017 by El Paso Police Detective, Vanessa Acosta. We are a 501c(3) non-profit
group and have rescued over 150 victims of animal cruelty and neglect.
Law N’ Paws evolved when Detective Acosta began investigating
animal cruelty and neglect cases with the police department. She soon realized the
need to take it a step further, going above and beyond to help animal victims
on her own time. She began to seek out medical care for the rescue animals in
need, paying out of her own pocket. After the first rescue puppy, “Raven” was
successfully rehabilitated and placed in a safe forever home, Law N’ Paws was
Shortly after Law N’ Paws was
formed, Detective Acosta began to research cases of animal cruelty and study
the nature of the crime. Detective Acosta
learned that the offenders involved in hurting animals often were violent criminals.
These offenders usually would start hurting animals as a power and control
method, and would eventually move to transferring their aggression to hurting
children, elderly, and/or their spouses. Also through this research, she learned
that serial killers and active shooter incidents involving schools, all have a
common denominator of having started hurting animals before they transferred
their aggression to humans. Detective Acosta also conducted research on local
police cases of animal cruelty, and these cases confirmed that offenders of
animal cruelty have a history of violence. Currently showing about 20% of
arrests for animal cruelty are related to human violence or family related
aggression incidents during the actual abuse of an animal, and 40% related to
the overall history of the offender having human violence or family related
The research gathered by
Detective Acosta was presented to El Paso Police Department Chief Allen, he decided
there was a need for a specialized unit and formed the Animal Cruelty
Investigations Unit in November 2017. The unit was formed in order to study,
investigate cases, and stop these violent offenders early on in their
development of violence.
After the unit was formed,
Detective Acosta learned that many of the animal cruelty victims had to be
processed through animal services. Animal victims had to be seen by
veterinarians at animal services for veterinary assessments to show the abuse
the animal had endured. This is of upmost importance to prove a strong criminal
case. Due to animal services having limited funding, and a lack of equipment, the
veterinarians were not able to provide good veterinary assessments of victims
to support evidence of animal cruelty cases. For example, if an animal suffered
a broken limb by the hand of an offender, animal services veterinarians do not
have assessable an x-ray machine to do radiographs to support criminal cases
that an offender had fractured an animals limb. Many other examples exist which
posed an issue to development of solid and sound criminal cases.
Detective Acosta decided that
her rescue Law N’ Paws needed to take even another step further, and use the
rescue to assist with veterinary assessments through outside veterinarians, in
order to provide support for criminal cases.
Not only were the animal cruelty victims being rescued and treated, Law
N’ Paws was collecting,
documenting, and preserving evidence for criminal prosecution of cases. This is
time consuming and costly.
Currently our animal cruelty victims are kenneled in a
temporary facility, and our ultimate goal is to find a permanent facility
leading to eventually finding a loving forever home for these animals. At this
time, a permanent facility is needed so we can continue to protect our animal
cruelty victims, so they can get medical treatment, rehabilitated and adopted
out into a home.
Relying strictly on donations, we now humbly ask for your
help. We do need funding to continue to
help animal cruelty victims get medical care, veterinary assessments to support
our criminal cases, to improve the building maintenance of our temporary
facility where our victims our currently being kenneled, and ultimately funding
a permanent location and facility for use years to come.
Your donation will allow us to continue our mission to
protect animal cruelty victims and prosecute criminals of animal abuse. And, of
upmost importantly help animals who cannot help themselves.