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Animal Cruelty & Humane Law Enforcement

New York State law defines animal cruelty as a situation where a person causes unjustified harm, pain, or suffering to an animal or neglects an animal's care by not providing it with proper food, water, medical care, or suitable shelter.

As of January 1, 2014, the New York Police Department (NYPD) will investigate all animal cruelty complaints citywide. To report an animal cruelty emergency in progress, call 911. To report ongoing, non-emergency animal abuse or neglect, call 311 or submit an online complaint.

Save all evidence to give to the officers, including the body of the cat or kitten, and any food you think might have been poisoned. Animal carcasses must be refrigerated immediately. Check with your local vet's office to see if they can provide refrigeration services until the carcass can be turned in to the NYPD as evidence. Food suspected of being poisoned also should be refrigerated until it can be turned over to an officer.

Cat Poisoning Poster

It is a felony in New York State to poison a cat. Please download the poison reward poster and copy and hang in your neighborhood: English/Inglés, Spanish/Español, or Russian.

Reporting Cruelty FAQ

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ASPCA, NYPD Expand Pilot Program To Fight Animal Cruelty Citywide

by CBS New York

Thursday, January 24, 2014

ASPCA and the NYPD: Partners Against Crime

by Matthew Bershadker, ASPCA Blog

Thursday, January 24, 2014