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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what a great story.would love to know if oates gets a new home too. what great collaboration now with NYPD ,thank you !!! so much ,and what a great idea 311 is !! wish more cities would adopt this plan.again thanks ASPCA.


just wondering about Jan.20 article in the NY Post that ASPCA is no longer handling abuse/neglect cases. why are they still running tv ads using sad animals and asking for donations to help prevent abuse, neglect etc if they are no longer doing this job. also still asking for donations on their website. anyone know what's going on?


My dog isn't treated like a normal pet., she's part of the family and treated as such. And I can't really recall her not getting the last of every meal I've had...some may say it's not healthy to feed them human food, but every dog I've had eats fruit and veggies (not to much junk) and lives longer then expected w/ NO medical issues., my pit, even has her side of the bed, showers each evening. Just a spoiled lil girl. And wish she'd allow me to adopt more, but guess it's a blessing cause we'd have a house full by now w/ all the strays out here. To many people abuse the only things that never pass judgement on us or want anything else but to love and please. Just cowards and the one sole reason my family believes I'd end up in prison for if ever witnessed, can't stand the abusers. Not of animals, children or the elderly....


good job...I hope the officers everywhere take our calls this serious and react as such....