National Dog Abuse Investigation and Prosecution Assistance Application

The Association of Prosecuting Attorney’s is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded by membership dues, grant awards, and private donations. APA has the goal of providing prosecutors with the resources necessary to ensure that canine cruelty and dogfighting cases are thoroughly investigated and adjudicated to a just outcome. To that end, APA has allocated funding to help remove  financial barriers that might exist that prevent prosecutors from addressing these important cases. Consequently, APA is now accepting grant requests from prosecutors for funding to cover appropriate costs related to canine cruelty and dogfighting cases that can include, but are not limited to: (1) costs of caring for seized animals; (2) necropsies and forensic evidence analysis; and (3) expert witness fees. APA does not have an agenda to advance and seeks no access, influence, or control over how a case is handled. APA does not (and will not) scrutinize a prosecutor’s discretionary decision making in any way. Rather, APA is simply making funding available to those prosecutors who otherwise desire to investigate and, if appropriate, prosecute cases of canine cruelty and dogfighting but are unable to do so due to budget constraints.

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* 1. Name of applicant and professional title

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* 2. Contact e-mail

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* 3. Contact phone number 

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* 4. Applying office/agency

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* 5. Agency case number and, if applicable, court case number

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* 6. Number of dogs that will be assisted. If unknown a good faith estimate is acceptable. 

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* 7. Please list the breed(s) of dog(s), If known

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* 8. Has a suspect been identified? 

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* 9. Brief summary of facts of the case and a statement of need for financial assistance

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* 10. Please upload the charging document for the case, if available 

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* 11. Please upload a copy of any unsealed affidavits in support of a search warrant, if any exist. Again, only if publicly available—we do not want any confidential or sealed documents.

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* 12. Please upload supporting documentation for how the funds will be used (budget, invoice, receipt), if available now. 

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* 13. Please upload any additional relevant files that are publicly available

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* 14. Please certify that your office has no other means of accessing the requested funding

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* 15. If chosen to receive money, do you commit to account for all the funds received?

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* 16. By checking this box, on behalf of my employer, I hereby certify that:
·      I have actual authority to make this grant application, including these certifications;  

·      APA has not, and shall not, have any access to case information that is not otherwise in the public domain;

·      APA has not attempted to assert any influence or control over any aspect of the case; if that were to change, my office shall immediately disclose that fact;

·      My office is, and shall remain, the sole arbiter of all discretionary decision making this case, including (without limitation) whether a citizen becomes a target of an investigation, how a case is investigated, what charges to file (if any), what motions are to be filed or contested, what plea offer is made or agreed upon, how a trial should proceed, what sentence recommendation is made, and/or whether the state might pursue an appeal;

·      My office agrees to, at the appropriate phase of this case, supply APA with a full accounting of how these grant funds were used, including supplying all supporting documentation on this issue.

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