State prosecutor honored for work on animal cruelty cases

Posted on March 6, 2019 by Staff reports

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Assistant State Attorney Cierra Burns was presented with the Sentinel Award from the Florida Animal Control Association for outstanding work on animal cruelty prosecutions.

The Florida Animal Control Association is a statewide nonprofit association that assists local agencies regarding animal control issues, per a news release. This Sentinel award recognizes achievements by an individual and/or an organization that has advanced the humane treatment of animals by compassionately working in their defense.

The award was presented to Burns at a statewide ceremony held by the Association in Orlando on March 2. This Sentinel Award is only presented to one person throughout the state each year by this association.

At her initial employment interview with the State Attorney’s Office, Mrs. Burns indicated that a primary goal of hers as a prosecutor, would be to prosecute animal cruelty cases. Cierra has become one of the leaders in the office regarding successful investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty cases, according to Eddins.

For further information, please contact Assistant State Attorney Cierra Burns at (850) 595-4200.