Gillian “Jill” Deegan is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Botetourt County, Virginia. In addition to her other casework, she is responsible for handling all of the animal cruelty and neglect cases in her county. She regularly serves as a resource to law enforcement and prosecutors across the Commonwealth in matters pertaining to animal law and often provides them training on the investigation and prosecution of animal abuse cases. In addition to serving as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, she has worked part time as a veterinary assistant in a local veterinary clinic for the past ten years. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Animal Fighting Task Force. She is a member of the American Bloodhound Club and the Virginia Bloodhound Search and Rescue Association.
Prior to coming to Botetourt, Jill had her own law practice in Salem, Va. where she concentrated on criminal defense and family law. She served as a Probation and Parole Officer in the 23rd Circuit before attending law school. She also worked as a Police Officer for the Roanoke County Police Department and a Deputy Sheriff for the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, she served in the United States Army Reserve.
Jill’s hands-on approach to pursuing animal cruelty cases — not just bringing in rescue organizations, but going with officers on investigations, attending veterinary examinations, and consulting national authorities in the fledgling field of veterinary forensics – has earned her statewide recognition as an expert in prosecuting crimes against animals.