Demand New York Stop Ignoring Animal Cruelty

Dog in Snow - Public Domain Pictures - Nick Rebollozo

Target: Mr. Matthew Bershadker, President of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Goal: Demand the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals take the lead investigating and prosecuting currently ignored animal cruelty cases in New York City

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in New York has fired their law-enforcement investigators and dumped their workload on an untrained and unprepared New York Police Department. Animal cruelty cases are now being brushed aside and animals are not receiving the protection they need. Demand the ASPCA reinstate their law-enforcement investigators and take the lead on animal cruelty.

The ASPCA of New York handles about 4,000 animal cruelty calls a year, but starting January 1st they fired their law-enforcement personnel and left responding to these calls up to the New York Police Department (NYPD). Unfortunately, the NYPD is not equipped nor prepared to handle these types of cases and animals are being left without protection.

Since the NYPD took over there have been several incidents of animals found outside in freezing conditions and police officers coming out to the call, determining there was nothing wrong, and leaving the animals to suffer in temperatures as cold as 2 degrees Fahrenheit.

The NYPD does not have the experience, personnel, or training to properly handle animal cruelty cases. It was inappropriate for the ASPCA to hand over enforcement of animal cruelty cases to the police department. Demand they reinstate their law-enforcement investigators and return to their role as the lead organization for investigating and enforcing animal welfare laws in New York.


Dear Mr.  Bershadker,

Recently the ASPCA fired their New York law-enforcement investigators and handed over enforcement of animal welfare cases in New York to the New York Police Department. During the extreme cold snap this winter, the NYPD showed they are incapable of recognizing and dealing with animal cruelty cases. They have not been properly trained for this kind of work.

There were several cases reported where the NYPD responded to calls from people concerned about the welfare of animals left outside in near zero degree weather, one on an exposed rooftop without any shelter, and simply left the animals in the cold and walked away. Animal cases are not a priority for the NYPD, and due to a lack of training and experience the officers did not know anything was wrong.

Mr. Bershadker, it was inappropriate for the ASPCA to abdicate their responsibility for enforcing animal welfare laws. The animals of New York have been left unprotected. The ASPCA law-enforcement investigators must be reinstated and retake the lead on animal welfare enforcement in New York.


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  1. They must have fired the Control Officer to save money. Everything is about money. I will not donate any longer to them unless they hire a responsible Animal Control OFficer.

  2. it is a disgrace

  3. Gail Massie says:

    Cruelty to animals must stop,I don’t know how some people can live with them selves.

  4. KatWrangler says:

    Just went on to the ASPCA NYC’s site and they are in league with the NYPD – apparently no more ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE). I can’t believe they got rid of all those great people, headed by Annamaria Lucas.
    BAD move, ASPCA.

    I love the NYPD, but they have bigger problems – in their eyes – than some cat or dog being abused. I don’t believe the NYPD is equipped to handle cruelty calls.

  5. In agreement, NYPD does not have the time, training or inclination to assess and render the appropriate assistance to abused and neglected animals in distress.

    The Humane law enforcement officers where trained as peace officers with law enforcement privileges and the salvation for these poor animals. Now the citizens must be the voice of the voiceless and protest.

    Who is responsible for this tragedy? How do we fix it STAT before countless of helpless animals suffer and die a cruel death.

  6. Lynn Juozilaitis says:

    Stop hiring idiots to be police officers New York! Anyone who thinks that it’s not wrong to leave animals in freezing temperatures or in any bad situation is too stupid to enforce the law! Morons!! UGH!!

  7. Patricia Wicker says:

    I used to donate to the Humane Society but I stopped when they decided to support That Bastard Michael Vick! Donate any money you can spare to the shelters near you that support these sweet animals.

  8. Lilian Caughlin says:

    Same here. No more donations if that’s the way the game is played. Donate to your local rescues and watch how the money is spend and how the animals are cared for. People need to become more proactive and less afraid to step on toes. The ones being legit will welcome concerned questions.
    Also contact law makers directly.

  9. No wonder there has not been the Animal Planets NYPD Animal Rescue program shown for sometime now… They were going down hill and SADLY the ANIMALS. PLEASE ASPCA get your Act together and get HELP to these sweet animals….How can someone leave an animal on a roof top in 2 above zero cold!!!!!! GET Animal Rescue Law Enforcement Investigators reinstated NOW… Help animals! And HELP CATS!!!!! ALL ANIMALS!!!!! I was so THANKFUL to see animals rescued on tv programs!!!!!

  10. Cynthia Gannon says:

    I donate to your charity and I expect that you should do the job you say that you are doing, in your commercials.

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