Officer Patrick Breslin has been on the job since May 2013, but has already responded to more than 4,700 calls for service from Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS). It’s not just the volume of work that got him noticed by the Virginia Animal Control Association (VACA), but also his work ethic and 85 prevent conviction rate.
Breslin is the newly-named recipient of the Dr. Kent Roberts Award for Animal Control Officer of the Year from VACA, a statewide recognition.
“Officer Breslin received the award as a result of his consistent hard work and dedication as well as his professionalism and compassion,” said LCAS Director Nina Stively. “He has set an excellent standard for investigative work in cases of animal cruelty, while consistently showing compassion to people and their pets. He also devotes considerable time and energy to public education by attending youth camps, school events, and other community activities.”
Stively pointed to a particular investigation led by Breslin that resulted in the conviction of five persons on charges related to a cock-fighting ring. Weeks of effort, including six search warrants on five properties, led to the seizure of 130 birds and related evidence including detailed fight records, blood sport paraphernalia, and drugs. Links to similar illegal activity in neighboring jurisdictions were also uncovered and shared with appropriate authorities.
“Officer Breslin conducts himself with a level of professionalism and dedication that makes us proud,” said LCAS Animal Control Chief Mark Stacks. “Not only does he willingly carry a heavy caseload but he always makes time to find events and teachable moments in hopes of influencing children to become responsible pet owners. He is always happy to talk about his work and hopes to inspire a new generation interested in careers that serve people, their pets, and wildlife.”
“It is an immense honor being recognized by my peers and receiving this award,” said Breslin. “I look forward to further serving both animals and people of Loudoun County, and speaking for those who cannot speak up for themselves.” Breslin was also honored with a resolution of commendation from the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Nov 1.