Prosecutor recognized for work on animal abuse case

PORT TOWNSEND — Julie St. Marie, Jefferson County deputy prosecuting attorney, has been recognized for her “exceptional work” by Pasado’s Safe Haven, a Sultan nonprofit that investigates animal cruelty cases and provides sanctuary.

St. Marie was presented with the 2019 Bucky Award for Exceptional Performance in the prosecution of animal cruelty cases, county officials said.

The award was specifically given for her successful prosecution in the 2018-19 first-degree animal cruelty case involving the neglect and abuse of bison in Chimacum.

St. Marie received a $1,000 grant to be used for continued training and tools in the field of animal cruelty.

Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chris Ashcraft submitted St. Marie’s name for award consideration.

The Bucky Award is named in memory of a canine that was brutally killed in 2010. The special recognition is part of Pasado’s Safe Haven’s ongoing effort to help train, support and acknowledge law enforcement and prosecutors.

Pasedo’s Safe Haven is an organization dedicated to investigating animal cruelty crimes, providing sanctuary and rehabilitation to animals who have suffered from abuse and neglect, advocating for better laws to protect animals, and educating the public about how they can help end animal cruelty.

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