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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