August 28, 2018

NYPD and the ASPCA Announce New Mobile Command Post

This week, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the ASPCA unveiled the newest tool in the fight to stop animal cruelty. The NYPD’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad (ACIS) will now use a mobile command post in their efforts to respond to reports of large-scale animal abuse and protect New York’s most vulnerable animals.

“Our partnership with the ASPCA is critical to our work to fight animal cruelty and combat abuse and neglect,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “By working together with the ASPCA, we are a force multiplier in that effort, and we thank them for making this new mobile command post a reality.”

The new vehicle, made possible by a grant from the ASPCA, serves as a mobile precinct, its size and utility allowing the NYPD to act quickly and effectively in larger-scale animal cases, like dog fighting and cock fighting.

“This vehicle is one of the tools that will enable the NYPD to act even more quickly and effectively in cases where large numbers of animals are facing the greatest risk,” said Howard Lawrence, Vice President of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement. “The mobile center is also a symbol of the NYPD and ASPCA’s unwavering dedication to animals in crisis. When people see it, they will know critical help for neglected and abused animals is now closer and more capable than ever.”

Since its citywide launch in 2014, the ASPCA’s partnership with the NYPD has been a critical part of protecting New York City’s animals. Over 650 cruelty arrests have been made, and more than 3,000 animal victims have been brought to the ASPCA for treatment. 

“There’s no question that New York City has become a safer and more compassionate city for animals in need, thanks in large part to the ASPCA-NYPD Partnership,” adds Lawrence. 

We are thankful for the NYPD’s commitment to this important partnership and to helping animals in need.