April 4, 2018

New NYPD Video Series Empowers New Yorkers to Stand Up for Animals

Orson

Once rescued by the NYPD, adoptable dog Orson, is now featured in their latest video series.  

Would you know what to do if you saw animal cruelty happening? The ASPCA and the NYPD want to make sure you can confidently answer “yes,” to that question. That’s why we are launching a new series of social media videos to encourage New Yorkers to report animal cruelty throughout the city’s five boroughs.

The videos feature NYPD officers and rescued animals and will cover several topics—from the importance of reporting animal cruelty, to dog fighting and adoption. All of the shareable videos will emphasize how New Yorkers can help protect the city’s animals and do their part to prevent and report animal cruelty.

nypd officer hold a cat

Some of the animals featured in the videos have dramatic rescue stories, like Fraggle, an NYPD rescue who was found inside a sealed suitcase, near death, in the Bronx. A call to the NYPD saved his life, and after months of medical care from the ASPCA, the fortunate dog ultimately found a safe and loving home.

Fraggle

Fraggle is all smiles now as he poses with an NYPD officer and ASPCA President & CEO, Matt Bershadker.

“Since our partnership with the NYPD began five years ago, the ASPCA has treated more than 2,900 animal victims in New York City,” said ASPCA President and CEO, Matt Bershadker, who appears in one of the videos. “The resiliency demonstrated by these animals’ capacity to recover and become loving pets is inspiring. We hope these videos encourage New Yorkers to speak up when they suspect animal cruelty to help us stop abuse and save lives.”

two nypd officers holding cats

The videos will be released on the NYPD’s social media channels throughout April as part of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, a time when we encourage animal lovers and supporters across the country to raise awareness about important issues facing animals and fight back against animal cruelty.

“Our partnership with the ASPCA plays a critical role in fighting animal cruelty and upholding New York City’s commitment to protecting its most vulnerable animals,” said Lieutenant John Grimpel of the NYPD. “The NYPD will not tolerate animal cruelty, and with the public’s help, we can continue to save more lives. We want New Yorkers to know that if they see an animal being abused, their first call should be the NYPD.”

NYPD officers with a rescued dog

In this important partnership, the NYPD takes the lead role in responding to all animal cruelty complaints in the five boroughs, and the ASPCA provides direct care for animal victims, as well as training and veterinary forensic and legal support for the NYPD. 

The success of this five-year partnership with the NYPD also relies on the public’s participation for it to have the greatest life-saving potential. That’s why it’s important to know how to spot the signs of cruelty, and when and how to report it. To report animal cruelty in any of the five boroughs, the public is encouraged to call 311 or submit an online complaint. For crimes in progress, individuals should always call 911. 

See the first video featuring Matt Bershadker and Fraggle below!