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ASPCA and NYPD: Partners Against Crime

Since January 2014, the ASPCA and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) have been working side-by-side in a groundbreaking partnership that is helping more of New York City’s animals than ever before.

The ASPCA/NYPD Partnership began with a four-month pilot program in the Bronx, New York, at the end of 2013. Through this first-of-its-kind program, the NYPD took the lead role in responding to all animal cruelty complaints in New York City, while the ASPCA expanded its direct care for animal cruelty victims by providing critical support including forensic evaluations, medical treatment, behavior assessments, housing and placement, as well as backup legal support and training.

This broad, strategic collaboration was designed specifically to provide enhanced protection to New York City’s animals by leveraging the strength and expertise of both the NYPD and the ASPCA to amplify our collective impact. “Having the full force of the NYPD protecting New York’s most vulnerable animals not only saves countless lives, but also signals the seriousness of animal cruelty and the need to prevent it,” said ASPCA President and CEO Matthew Bershadker at the program’s launch. Given the NYPD’s tens of thousands of officers across 77 precincts, this alliance paved the way for accelerated and widened police response to animal abuse complaints while expanding the ASPCA’s ability to rescue and treat abused animals.