Rescued by NYPD and ASPCA, Two Dogs Get Second Chance

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 4:30pm
Two pit bulls side by side

Last fall, NYPD patrol officers responded to a 311 call and found two underweight dogs living in deplorable conditions in a Bronx backyard. The officers brought the dogs, Hall and Oates, to the ASPCA Animal Hospital, where our veterinarians treated them. The owner was arrested and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Hall and Oates were part of the first group of animals to benefit from a new partnership between the ASPCA and the NYPD. With this groundbreaking collaboration, which started with a pilot phase in the Bronx in September 2013, the NYPD will now take the lead role in responding to all animal cruelty complaints in NYC’s five boroughs. The change—given the NYPD’s tens of thousands of officers across 77 precincts—will allow for a swift response to abuse complaints and expedite the ASPCA’s treatment and rehabilitation of abused animals.

In the first several months of the partnership, the NYPD received nearly 800 hundred calls from the public about suspected cruelty. Twelve arrests were made, and more than 30 animals were treated at the ASPCA.

Rescued by NYPD and ASPCA, Two Dogs Get Second Chance

Hall and Oates dogs spent time recovering at our animal hospital and were eventually made available for adoption. On December 23, Hall was adopted by a New Jersey couple, while Oates is still waiting to meet his forever family.

The arresting officer in Hall and Oates’ case was moved by the experience. “I am going to look further into this matter and try to make a change,” the officer said at the time. “A lot of officers are interested in what I did today.”

If you live in New York City and witness animal cruelty, please call 311 (or 911 for crimes in progress) to notify the NYPD. To learn how to report cruelty in your state, please visit our Reporting Cruelty FAQ

Rescued by NYPD and ASPCA, Two Dogs Get Second Chance

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"the NYPD received nearly 800 hundred calls from the public about suspected cruelty. Twelve arrests were made, and more than 30 animals were treated at the ASPCA." 800 calls and 12 arrests? Let's hope this number improves over time. I'd like to know why the number is so low. Let's assume 20% of the suspected cruelty calls were not cruelty (a generous number). That leaves 640 calls that either went unanswered or no arrests were made. Kind of a steep number.

M Taylor

I agree Jake. These aren't good numbers and I wondered the same thing when I read this. Surely more arrests could have been made!


The NYPD is responding effectively to animal abuse complaints in every borough, investigations are taking place, arrests are being made, and animals are being saved—all at a rate that’s well on pace to making more arrests and saving approximately four to five times as many animals each year than the ASPCA’s small, private unit has done during any year in recent history.


Jake makes an interesting point. Does the ASPCA still employ armed enforcement officers?


I'm extremely happy these wonderful dogs were "rescued" & the abuser caught & charged - We NEED not just harsher laws but the majority of people believe the punishment should be equal to or more than for humans (as these are living creatures / pets & do not have the ability to leave) - Time & time again, it has been shown that animals abusers go on to hurt / kill people - I would hope the ASPCA would promote & help to get this partnership as a mandate with all law enforcement agencies - ( whether it be the ASPCA, or the local SPCA) - They do have more bodies as a general rule & many are animal lovers - Unfortunately, because of the ones that have taken deadly force against some of the animals (d/t fear ?? &/or power trips), there needs to be instruction against the "kill first" response - Thanks for helping all the animals / pets out there that people love !


Geez, you gotta love 2 faces like that! (Not to mention their names, lol) Great story--glad the new program seems to be working.

Valerie Orner

What a wonderful collaboration! ASPCA and NYPD are to be commended for their great strides in helping animals to be treated as they should be--with respect and love. More of these kinds of partnerships should be created around the US and globally. As Mahatma Gandhi said, "The moral progress of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Love to Hall and Oates and all the wonderful animals that deserve our protection.


I'm sorry, but I cannot think this is a better program than the dedicated men & women from Animal Cops, etc. And 12 arrests out of 800 calls responded to - and only 30 animals treated out of 800? Sounds to me like the officers are not nearly as much help in getting animals help as the regular ASPCA police were! Just another cost cut, which will only reduce the amount of animals cared for. Bless those that do care - but I would have to see better numbers to believe it is a better program.

Carolin Radcliff

The city of New York needs to change its animal cruelty laws from a misdemeanor to a felony! As long as offenders think they can get away with such behavior, there will be no incentive to change it! The populace need to start a petition to pressure the change of these laws. The offending individuals should also get serious mandatory counseling, because it usually starts with animals and then moves on to human beings!


These scumbags should get serious jailtime, they do not get enough.