Mandy M. Trout received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, graduating cum laude in 1998. Ms. Trout then obtained her law degree from Creighton University of Law in 2003, winning an award of excellence in Constitutional Law. Ms. Trout has been practicing law as a Deputy County Attorney for over five years in Nebraska. She began her career in Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska, where she immediately requested responsibility for all cases involving animals and was granted sole control over said cases (as well as a heavy case load of non-animal cases). During her years in Platte County, Ms. Trout has convicted several individuals of animal neglect /abuse and has been successful in securing sentences to include restitution to the city’s Animal Control Office for the care of the confiscated animal(s), as well as heavy fines coupled with lengthy probationary terms during which the defendant is prevented from owning or caring for any animal (with Animal Control being granted access to ensure compliance at all times). Recently, Ms. Trout changed the location of her career to a dual-position Deputy County Attorney for Colfax and Cuming Counties, also in Nebraska, where she continues to strive to protect animals against cruelty and maltreatment.
Ms. Trout, with the assistance of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), has also prevailed in securing a conviction by jury for animal abuse in the case against the owner of Puddles, a 13-year-old Bichon Frise who had suffered such severe neglect that he had to be euthanized. After the defense tried unsuccessfully to exclude evidence, limit testimony and sanitize the court record, Ms. Trout eloquently delivered key portions of the State’s closing argument to the jury. It took the jury only 32 minutes of deliberation to convict Puddles’ owner of misdemeanor animal cruelty, with sentencing to be decided.