Lynn E. Rzonca, managing partner of the Philadelphia office of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, was elected to the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA). The PSPCA was the first humane society in Pennsylvania and the second in the nation. In 2007, the PSPCA helped more than 60,000 animals across Pennsylvania.

"I am committed to the mission of the PSPCA: 'helping animals in need and inspiring people to be more humane,'" said Ms. Rzonca. "There is a link between cruelty to animals and violence against humans. By teaching respect and compassion for animals, we can foster tolerance for our human differences. I look forward to helping the PSPCA continue its impressive work."

The PSPCA attends to the needs of thousands of homeless animals annually. It works to prevent animal cruelty by rescuing animals from abuse and neglect and conducting public awareness initiatives. In January 2008, the PSPCA launched a statewide, 24-hour, seven-days-a-week cruelty reporting hotline, 1-866-601-SPCA. The PSPCA and its anti-cruelty officers are currently featured on the Animal Planet series "Animal Cops: Philadelphia."  The show follows the PSPCA's humane law officers and agent trainees as they save animals in distress in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania.

MS. Rzonca is a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. She concentrates her practice on intellectual property and litigation counseling. She has handled a wide range of intellectual property litigation matters, including patent, trademark, trade dress, trade secret theft, non-compete agreements, false advertising, counterfeiting and copyright claims, as well as Internet issues.

The Pennsylvania SPCA is dedicated to rescuing animals from abuse and neglect, providing lifesaving care and treatment, guaranteeing a home for every adoptable animal, and reducing pet-overpopulation through low-cost spay-and-neuter clinics and public awareness initiatives. Through these efforts, we prevent cruelty towards animals and promote respect for their welfare, thus enhancing the lives of people and their companion animals throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PSPCA has six satellite shelters in Wellsboro, Centre Hall, Danville, Stroudsburg, Shippenville and Montrose. The Philadelphia branch houses a full-service animal hospital, obedience training academy, adoption facility and the PSPCA Law Enforcement Department, which is responsible for enforcing Philadelphia and Pennsylvania animal cruelty laws. For more information, call 215-426-6300 or visit


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