NATIONAL CENTER FOR PROSECUTION OF ANIMAL ABUSE
Allie Phillips Director
Allie Phillips has over eight years of criminal and civil prosecution experience as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Michigan, and, since 1997, has been training prosecutors and allied professionals. Ms. Phillips is a nationally-recognized expert specializing in the co-occurrence between animal abuse and violence to humans and animal protection issues. From 2003-2007, she was employed as a senior attorney with NDAA’s National Child Protection Training Center and its National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse where she founded the Crawford training program, specialized in interviewing children and preparing them for court, and the co-occurrence between violence to animals and children. She returned to NDAA in early 2011 to create the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse.
Ms. Phillips was employed by American Humane Association as the vice president of public policy and then vice president of Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives. She managed the Public Policy Office and was responsible for lobbying and advocacy on child and animal welfare legislation, including drafting legislation and providing expert testimony to legislatures. She was in charge of developing and managing national initiatives on human-animal interactions, including creating the Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS) Program (now Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)) and co-creating Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK) Program.
Ms. Phillips has conducted over 160 trainings nationally and has authored over 45 publications. She has published two books: How Shelter Pets are Brokered for Experimentation: Understanding Pound Seizure (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010) and Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011) and has written chapters in the International Handbook of Theory and Research on Animal Abuse and Cruelty (2008) and the Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice (2010). Since 2000, she has been an active animal advocate and volunteer at animal shelters. Through her direct work with homeless, abused, and neglected pets, she shares her experiences with prosecutors so that animal abuse cases are understood and taken more seriously. She co-founded Friends of Ingham County Animal Shelter in 2000 and Michiganders for Shelter Pets in 2011. She is the vice president of No Paws Left Behind; she is on the steering committee of the National Link Coalition, and is a volunteer and past-president of King Street Cats. She is also and a council board member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Animal Law Section. Ms. Phillips provides pro bono legal advice to animal protection organizations working to protect animals and shelter pets and to end outdated shelter practices such as pound seizure and gas chambers.
Ms. Phillips is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Maryland. Learn more about Ms. Phillips’s books and work to help animals at www.alliephillips.com.
Advisory Group Members
Denver District Attorney’s Office/
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Baltimore County State’s Attorneys Office/
Baltimore Animal Cruelty Task Force
Prof. David Favre
Animal Law, Michigan State University
Dr. Randy Lockwood
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office/
Animal Legal Defense Fund
King’s County District Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn, NY