ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents enforce animal cruelty laws throughout the five boroughs of New York City. From cases of neglect to intentional abuse, our Agents typically investigate 400 to 500 cruelty complaints each month resulting in the rescue of several hundred animals from abusive or neglectful situations, and they have a lot of fans! ASPCA Agents receive countless emails and letters from animal lovers across the country—now you can reach them through our Ask the ASPCA HLE Agents online column.
What is it like fighting animal cruelty every day?
How do I become an agent?
What happens to the people who are arrested by the ASPCA?
Ask the ASPCA HLE Agents allows readers to send their questions directly to one of our amazing animal cops, who will shed light on what life is like on the force, protecting animals who can’t speak up for themselves.
Most Recent Question
Do you think that people who are arrested for animal cruelty change their attitudes after they find out what they're doing is wrong?
- Catherine L.
I believe many do change their attitude, Catherine, but some do not. We have arrested some individuals more than once on animal abuse charges. This is one reason that we often request the courts to order convicted animal abusers not to own animals for a specified period of time after conviction –most often for either one or three years.
- Special Investigator Diane DiGiacomo
ASPCA Ask the Agents column allows readers to ask our amazing animal cops what life is like on the force and working to protect animals who can’t speak for themselves.
Please DO NOT submit reports of animal cruelty here. If you have witnessed an act of animal cruelty please visit our Report Animal Cruelty page for help. Abuse of any kind should be reported to the appropriate authorities immediately.