District attorney P. David Soares is currently serving his third term as DA for Albany County, New York. Since taking office nine years ago, David has devoted his energy to bringing “One Standard of Justice” to Albany County and remains committed to reducing street violence through creative, non-traditional means, restoring communities, and emphasizing prevention over prosecution.
Working with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, David has established the office Crime Victim Services Unit, expanded the DA’s Community Justice Outreach Office, and founded the Albany County DA’s Animal Abuse Taskforce. The Animal Abuse Taskforce utilizes a multi-agency response to animal abuse, neglect, and hoarding cases, and combines law enforcement prevention efforts with public education outreach. David has also designated a felony-level assistant district attorney from the Special Victims Unit to oversee all animal-related crimes. In addition to prosecuting these crimes in the courtroom, prosecutors from the office will play an important role on the taskforce.
A major goal of the taskforce is to ensure responders are employing best practices in Albany County, prioritizing prevention strategies in every community, and educating the public about what they can do to help. In addition to responding to animal abuse, neglect, and hoarding crimes, prosecutors collaborate with medical and rescue professionals to hold trainings for veterinarians, pet store operators, groomers, and anyone else who may be “eyes and ears” in the animal community. The taskforce also addresses issues that arise in the rural population, including farmed animals.
For his outstanding work, David has been the recipient of several recognition awards in his tenure, and most recently was honored with the 2014 Humane Leadership Award from the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society for his accomplishments and advocacy of animal protection.
David is a proud father to his human children, as well as to his four-legged daughter Lily, a two year-old chocolate lab, and 3 year-old cat named Snickers. David not only advocates for animals in the courtroom, but also teaches his children about volunteering at local animal rescue shelters.