November 3, 2015

A Milestone for Animals: The ASPCA Has Treated 1,000 Animal Cruelty Victims since Launching Partnership with NYPD

We are pleased to announce that the ASPCA has now treated 1,000 animals through our partnership with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), which launched citywide in January 2014. Through this partnership, the NYPD took the lead role in responding to all animal cruelty complaints in New York City, and the ASPCA expanded its direct care support for cruelty victims. ASPCA experts also offer training, veterinary forensic and legal support for the NYPD.

“The heroic efforts of NYPD officers and ASPCA medical and behavioral staff are clearly giving more victimized animals the opportunity to recover and transition into safe and loving homes,” said ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker. “Reaching this milestone so quickly confirms the effectiveness of the ASPCA/NYPD Partnership in fighting animal cruelty and upholding New York City’s commitment to protecting its most vulnerable residents.”

Among the cruelty victims rescued and treated are Charlotte, a puppy thrown on the side of the road, King, a cat who was viciously kicked, and Fraggle, a dog who was stuffed in a suitcase and left to die. To meet the needs of the increasing number of canine cruelty victims being rescued through the partnership, the ASPCA recently completed construction on the Gloria Gurney Canine Annex for Recovery and Enrichment (CARE), a rehabilitation center dedicated to providing specialized behavioral treatment for dogs that were victims of abuse and neglect. Earlier this year, the ASPCA and the New York City Police Foundation also announced the expansion of the Foundation’s Crime Stoppers program to allow the public to easily and anonymously provide information about animal cruelty in New York City.

We look forward to caring for countless more animals as this successful partnership continues.