Loudoun County Animal Services Officer Patrick Breslin was presented the Dr. Kent Roberts Award for Animal Control Officer of the Year by the Virginia Animal Control Association.
“Officer Breslin received the award as a result of his consistent hard work and dedication as well as his professionalism and compassion,” Department Director Nina Stively stated in announcing the award. “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.”
Since joining the department in 2013, Breslin built an 85 percent conviction rate and responded to more than 4,700 calls. Among his high-profile cases was the conviction of five people on charges related to a cock-fighting ring. The case included the seizure of 130 birds and related evidence including fight records, blood sport paraphernalia, drugs, and links to similar illegal activity in neighboring jurisdictions.
“Officer Breslin conducts himself with a level of professionalism and dedication that makes us proud,” Animal Control Chief Mark Stacks stated. “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.”
The Dr. Kent Roberts Award, named in honor of the Williamsburg veterinarian who began training for Virginia’s animal control officers at Virginia Tech in the last 1970s, is presented annually to one officer who has demonstrated overall excellence in the performance of his or her job.
“It is an immense honor being recognized by my peers and receiving this award,” Breslin stated. “I look forward to further serving both animals and people of Loudoun County, and speaking for those who cannot speak up for themselves.”