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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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Beautiful story. Beautiful dogs.


So happy for these handsome boys. Sounds like a good program in NYC.


Hall, I am sure you are so happy in your new home in Jersey. Oates, you are up next! I am sure of it. I hope another wonderful person or persons comes along to scoop you up and give you the loving, safe, compassionate home you richly deserve. Thank you to the rescuers of these beautiful, sweet dogs. It breaks my heart that the NYPD will get thousands of calls of abuse and will be able to investigate maybe a few hundred, if they're lucky. What will happen to all the other animals living in pain? What happens to all those sick abusers out there? Practically nothing!


I work for a major security alarm company and see people who chain their dogs to a pole in the basement without bedding or in the backyard with minimal shelter in the extreme cold and it angers me. Why would you get a pet just to tie them up and neglect them. I'll report any incident I see. I'll try my best here in Detroit!



Have you met these folks yet?

Becki Gordy

Thanks for caring about all animals. God Bless


This is one of the most intense animal cruelty issues and people get away with it unless kind people like you push the cruelty officers to actually come to the problem. This is often what happens to the dogs that people advertise on Craig's list as free to good homes as the people who take them are people who are rejected by adoption groups because chaining in a dark cold basement is not an acceptable life for a dog. A million thanks to you for caring and helping these poor dogs that no one knows about , ones that suffer daily.


Thank you Bill for reporting any cruelty or abuse you see in your travels on the job. You're a good man!!!


Bill People SUCK (not all) But if you want a pet then he or she becomes part of your family. not just a cat or dog FAMILY, I have Cats & Dogs and they are my four legged children and I would not ever cage or tie any of them up. my heart aches when I read these, thats why I stay a way Yarmouth MA


What a wonderful and effective program. What is the plan to exapnd in other cities?