Addressing and Preventing Animal Cruelty in NYC

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Since January 2014, the ASPCA has been working closely with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and NYC District Attorney’s Offices to help prevent and combat animal cruelty. While the ASPCA strives to keep people and pets together, we recognize that some situations require police intervention.  In those cases, the ASPCA offers full support to law enforcement and care for the animal victims.  

The NYPD takes the lead role in responding to all animal cruelty complaints in New York City, while the ASPCA directly cares for animal cruelty victims by providing critical support including forensic evaluations, medical treatment, behavior assessments, housing and placement, as well as backup legal support and training. For cases that are not pursued criminally, but where the ASPCA identifies a pet owner in need of assistance, our Community Engagement team can provide resources to help owners maintain a safe and healthy environment for their pets. 

This broad, strategic collaboration provides enhanced protection to New York City’s animals by leveraging the strength and expertise of both the NYPD and the ASPCA to amplify our collective impact. “The ASPCA’s collaboration with the NYPD, New York City District Attorney’s Offices and other city agencies is essential to helping us fulfill our mission of protecting, rescuing, and rehabilitating countless vulnerable and victimized animals,” says ASPCA President and CEO Matthew Bershadker.

To report animal cruelty in NYC, call 311. To report crimes in progress, call 911.