Senior Law Enforcement Specialist, Animal Rescue Team
Eric Sakach is Senior Law Enforcement Specialist for the Animal Rescue Team. He joined The HSUS in 1976 as an investigator and was director of its West Coast Regional Office from 1995-2008.
Over the past 36 years, Sakach has been involved in numerous animal cruelty investigations and cases involving illegal cockfighting and dogfighting. His earlier work in an undercover capacity led to the arrests of more than 500 persons, and some of the first convictions under the federal Animal Welfare Act. Sakach has authored and contributed to numerous articles and manuals for law enforcement on the subject of cruelty and fighting investigations, and he has qualified as an expert witness in courts across the U.S. and in Canada. He also testified before legislatures in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and New Mexico during consideration of bills to increase penalties for animal cruelty and fighting.
A member of the faculty at the California Humane Law Enforcement Academy since 1984 and a POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) course coordinator and instructor, Sakach has instructed thousands of humane and law enforcement personnel throughout the U.S., Canada, and Brazil.
Mr. Sakach also served consecutive terms as a member of the Animal Welfare Committee of the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), the California Council of Companion Animal Advocates, the CVMA's Disaster Preparedness Committee, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture Committee on the California Animal Response in Emergency System (CARES). A veteran disaster responder, Sakach reviewed FEMA’s "Animals In Disasters" independent study course, and he served as a member of The HSUS’s disaster response team in the Gulf Coast states during Hurricane Katrina, including as incident commander in Gonzales, Louisiana.
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