Bucky Award

Bucky Award

“THE BUCKY AWARD” FOR EXCELLENCE:  Bucky the dog was brutally killed in 2010. Thanks to the officers and prosecutors working on this case, the perpetrator was charged and served jail time. In memory of Bucky, Pasado’s Safe Haven offers this annual award to raise awareness for animal cruelty and to recognize the officers and prosecutors who do exceptional work on these difficult cases.


How it works

First place is presented annually in the community where the winners are located to the “team” (the responding officer and the prosecutor) who most successfully investigates and prosecutes an animal cruelty case. Funds are raised by Pasado’s Safe Haven and its supporters. The award money ($6,000) is split between winning departments and must be used for further animal cruelty investigation and prosecution related training, equipment or tools.

Criteria and how to apply

  • For a case to be eligible for the 2018 Bucky Award, it must have reached a disposition in 2018 or in 2019 prior to the nominations deadline.
  • The individual or case can be nominated by a citizen, an officer or a prosecutor.
  • Submit your nomination to begin the process.
  • Deadline for nominations is July 12th, 2019.

Prior Bucky Award Winners

2017: Thurston County Joint Animal Services Officer Erika Johnson and Thurston County Prosecuting Attorneys Office Deputy Prosecutor Jim Powers
2016: Wenatchee Valley Animal Control Sergeant Sandra Larsen and Chelan County Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Van Winkle
2014-15: Whatcom Humane Society and Prosecutor Eric Richey
2013: Marysville Police Officers Dave Vasconi and Brad Smith and Prosecutor Jennifer Millett
2012: Port Orchard Police Sergeant Jason Glantz and Prosecutor Barbara Dennis
2011: Granite Falls Police Chief Dennis Taylor
2010: Snohomish County Deputy Michael Vafeados and Prosecutor Paul Stern

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