Samantha McDonald – Deputy District Attorney

Samantha McDonald received her JD from Tulane University Law School in 2005, where she had served as the president of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. Since 2006, she has been employed as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, and is currently assigned to the Antelope Valley Branch Office, as the Animal Cruelty Designee. Samantha has filed and prosecuted animal cruelty cases resulting in the conviction of more than 50 defendants, including 12 defendants who were convicted for animal cruelty related to dog fighting.

In 2011 she prosecuted a husband and wife dog fighting team. Investigators found 13 pit bulls at the couple’s residence along with fighting equipment including treadmills, slat mills and carpet mills, keeps, bite sticks, and canine emergency kits. This evidence supported the fact that the couple had been heavily involved in dog fighting for more than 10 years. The dogs rescued from the location all bore scars and wounds, some which were fresh, infected, and appeared to have been held together by staples. Both defendants were convicted for multiple felony counts of dog fighting and animal cruelty.

Samantha enjoys spending time with her husband John and their fur babies Daisy, Hunter and Puma. Daisy is a Chihuahua mix they rescued from the streets; Hunter and Puma are both cats rescued from the Louisiana SPCA and a foster home while living in New Orleans. When not working or at home with her family, she enjoys traveling and reading.

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