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BRENDA CAREY, Executive Director
Brenda received her B.A. in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 1999. She went on to earn a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley in 2002 where she was a Co-Founder of the Animal Law Society and was an editor for Ecology Law Quarterly, the premier environmental law journal in the country. Brenda has volunteered with various animal welfare organizations for approximately 12 years including animal shelters, animal rescue organizations, and animal rights organizations. She is a 2004 graduate of the Animal Law Enforcement Academy in Novato, CA. She plans to use her education to build better communication and legal understanding among law enforcement agencies and animal advocates. She co-founded the BHLE out of a desire to see the law enforced to protect animals from abuse as has never been done before.

Brian has been practicing environmental law in California for many years. He has fought to protect large areas of wildlife habitat and has used the law to bring large corporations that have exploited animals and polluted waterways to justice. He is a 2004 graduate of the Animal Law Enforcement Academy in Novato, CA. He plans to use his legal expertise to work with law enforcement officers and prosecutors to see that animal abusers are brought to justice. He co-founded the BHLE out of a desire to help law enforcement officers and prosecutors use the legal system to protect animals more effectively.

Lorri is well known as co-founder of the organization Farm Sanctuary as well as her role as an animal rescuer in the film “Peaceable Kingdom.” In her extensive work in rescuing and caring for farm animals, as well as in running a large and successful non-profit, she has gained a great deal of expertise. She is working closely with Brenda and Brian, providing much needed guidance and advice. She is also creating a long-term development plan to ensure that the BHLE thrives long into the future. She was drawn to the BHLE due to her personal recognition of the need for greater enforcement of animal laws.



Director of Humane Officer Programs
Natalie Keeve has been involved with animal welfare and rescue groups since she rescued her first dog and a litter of day-old puppies at the age of nine. Since that time, her commitment for the well-being and protection of animals has expanded to include farm animals and reptiles. Natalie has received training as a veterinary assistant and has extensive college coursework in criminal justice. She completed a two-month intensive internship at the Orland, California Farm Sanctuary in 2003. She worked for the SPCA in Los Angeles before coming to the Bureau of Humane Law Enforcement. Natalie received her Arrest and Firearms PC 832 Certification in July 2004. She is a graduate of the 2005 Basic Animal Law Enforcement Academy and the 2005 Advanced Animal Law Enforcement Academy, both in Novato, California. She has also completed the Peace Officer Standards and Training class on illegal animal fighting. As a Humane Officer, Natalie uses her expertise in animal law enforcement to effectively enforce the animal cruelty laws of California and educate existing law enforcement on animal cruelty crimes.

Director of Investigations
After moving to Los Angeles in 2001, Nick quickly became an active volunteer with a variety of animal welfare organizations. His prior experience volunteering for a police department on the East Coast for over 4 years has fueled his desire to combine two of his passions - animals and law enforcement. He has been a board-certified Emergency Medical Technician for over 7 years, of which three were served with an active fire department ambulance squad, and he continues to use his medical training in the field. Working with the BHLE also allows him the opportunity to utilize his extensive experience as a graphic/web designer & marketing consultant, to further expand the BHLE's mission and public awareness.


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