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ASPCA Gets Out of the Animal Cruelty Enforcement Business

Monday, January 06, 2014

Reporting an animal cruelty case? You should now call 311 or 911 if you see a crime taking place.

In the past few days, the ASPCA has reportedly laid off nearly all of its 17 remaining law enforcement agents. The New York Police Department will be taking the lead instead.

That's because the NYPD, which has always had a legal responsibility to to enforce New York's animal cruelty laws,  is now the primary law enforcement agency for animal abuse, a role the ASPCA handled for nearly 150 years. 

Advocates of the change say the ASPCA's small staff could not handle the volume of abuse reports. But critics say they're concerned animal abuse complaints will be given a lower priority by police.

The ASPCA said it will continue to provide forensic services, housing for seized animals, and adoption assistance to the NYPD.

With The Associated Press

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Comments [2]

Amber from Illinois

@Janet,

They have another department that goes on deployments and helps rescue abused animals all over the nation. They also help rescue animals from hoarding situations, as well as places that have experienced major disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc. In addition to that, the ASPCA provides donations to organizations and non-kill shelters across the nation that otherwise go unnoticed by the general public.

In addition to rescuing animals in abuse situations across the US, they also provide services to lower income families by using mobile units to provide spay and neuter services to animals that otherwise would not have access to them.

While the ASPCA will no longer be using their Animal Enforcement Agents (who only supported NYC), they will still be involved in their nationwide protection of animals.

Also, consider the Humane Society of the United States. They do not have an Enforcement Unit, but still do wonderful things for the protection of animals.

Jan. 07 2014 06:59 PM
Janet Joakim from cape cod

How can they legally take donations? Those commercial convince us they will be doing something to be actively fighting abuse! Where are they in these situations? Sending my money elsewhere. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.578364952245804.1073741869.117852684963702&type=1

Jan. 07 2014 11:14 AM

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