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A Guide to Reporting Suspected Animal Cruelty or Neglect in New York State

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Reporting Suspected Animal Cruelty and Neglect in New York State:
Why It’s Important and Who to Contact

Reporting suspected animal cruelty or neglect is critical.

If you witness or suspect animal cruelty or neglect or see an animal in danger, reporting it to the authorities is critical: it could save the animal’s life.

Reporting cruelty and neglect not only helps prevent animal suffering and ensure that the animal receives prompt medical attention. Your report may help in other ways, as animal abuse is often linked to violence against people — including child abuse, elder abuse, and domestic violence — and to other crimes.

It’s crucial that you timely report. The longer it takes between observing abuse or neglect and reporting it, the more challenging it becomes for law enforcement to locate the animal/person in question, the more likely it is that your observations may vary from the observations of law enforcement, and the more likely it is that the animal will continue to suffer.

What constitutes animal cruelty and neglect.

Whether particular conduct constitutes animal cruelty or neglect is ultimately a legal determination made by law enforcement or a court or jury. A person reporting suspected animal cruelty or neglect doesn’t have to prove cruelty or neglect, but should report if they reasonably suspect that an animal is being abused or neglected.

The New York State Attorney General provides the following examples of animal cruelty and neglect:

  • Animal fighting
  • Inadequate or improper shelter or care
  • Animals being kept in filthy or unsanitary living conditions
  • Abandonment
  • Performing unauthorized surgery on an animal
  • Maiming or killing of an animal
  • Failure to provide food, drink or medical treatment
  • Animal hoarding 

How to report suspected animal cruelty or neglect.

For crimes in progress or emergencies, call 911 or go to your local police precinct.

For other suspected animal cruelty or neglect:

What information to provide.

When reporting, give as many details as you can: describe the perpetrator, what you observed, and how many times you observed it; provide dates and approximate times if possible, as well as the address where the alleged cruelty or neglect took place. Pictures and video evidence are also helpful if you can safely and legally obtain them.

Don’t worry if you can’t “prove your case.” The job of law enforcement is to investigate suspicious activity. Your report, even if lacking some details, can still be useful evidence to help law enforcement determine the facts and any need for further action.

Keep a record of what information you reported, along with the date you reported it, and the officer or official to whom you spoke. Check back after a reasonable amount of time. If you don’t get a satisfactory response, contact them again.

You can report anonymously.

You can report suspected animal cruelty or neglect anonymously. That said, a successful outcome is more likely to occur if you’re willing to give your name and, if needed, testimony. Law enforcement often is understaffed and underfunded. A case is more likely to be pursued if the person reporting gives their name and indicates a willingness to help, including by testifying. If you do ask to remain anonymous, law enforcement will do everything possible to protect your identity.

Contact Information for Police and SPCAs/Humane Societies in New York State (by County)

County

Police Number

SPCA / Humane Society Number

Website

Albany

(518) 487-5400

(518) 434-8128

http://www.act.albanycountyda.com/reportanimalabusestopdomesticabuse

Allegany

(585) 268-9600

(585) 593-2200

https://spcaallegany.org/post.php?pid=56

Bronx

(718) 993-3880

(212) 788-4000

http://animalalliancenyc.org/feralcats/tnr-colony-care-resources/community-cats-and-the-law/report-animal-cruelty-crime/

Broome

(607) 778-1911

(607) 724-3709

http://bchumanesoc.com/about-us/animal-cruelty/

Cattaraugus

(716) 938-9191

(716) 372-8492

https://www.spcacattco.org/

Cayuga

(315) 253-1222

(315) 253-5841

http://www.human-services.org/animals

Chautauqua

(716) 753-4232

(716) 665-2209

https://spca.pets.com/getinvolved/investigatingcruelty/

Chemung

(607) 735-8600

(607) 732-1827, ext. 203

https://www.chemungspca.org/

Chenango

(607) 334-2000

(607) 334-9724

https://chenangospca.org/

Clinton

(518) 565-4300

(518) 643-2451

http://www.ncspca.org/cruelty

Columbia

(518) 828-0601

(518) 828-6044

https://www.hudsonvalleyspca.com/humane-law-enforcement

Cortland

(607) 756-2811

(607) 753-9386

http://www.countyacresanimalshelter.org/crueltyinformation.html

Delaware

(607) 746-2336

(607) 563-7780

https://www.hsdcohio.org/cruelty-investigations

Dutchess

(845) 486-3800

(845) 452-7722

https://www.hudsonvalleyspca.com/humane-law-enforcement

Erie

(716) 858-7618

(716) 875-7360

https://yourspca.org/report-cruelty/

Essex

(518) 873-6970

(518) 873-5000

https://www.ncspca.org/cruelty

Franklin

(518) 483-3304

(518) 891-0017

http://www.fchsmo.org/Services_Resources/AnimalCruelty.html

Fulton

(518) 736-2100

(518) 725-0115

https://www.pawsforyou.org/page7.htm#animalcontrol

Genesee

(585) 345-3000

(585) 343-6410

https://www.lollypop.org/humane-law-enforcement/ 

Greene

(518) 943-3300

(518) 828-6044

https://cghs.org/

Hamilton

(518) 548-3113

(518) 725-5956

http://www.hamiltonhumane.com/resources/report-abuse

Herkimer

(315) 867-1167

(315) 866-3255

https://www.herkimerhumanesociety.org/

Jefferson

(315) 786-2700

(315) 782-3260

https://co.jefferson.ny.us/departments/DogControl

Kings

(718) 488-3545

(212) 788-4000

http://www.humanesocietyny.org/

Lewis

(315) 376-3511

(315) 376-8349

http://lewiscountyhumanesociety.org/

Livingston

(585) 243-7100

(585) 234-2828

https://www.adoptapet.com/humane-society-of-livingston-county/

Madison

(315) 366-2318

(315) 697-2796

http://wandersrest.org/links/madison-county-towns-cities-villages/

Monroe

(585) 753-4178

(585) 223-1330

https://www.lollypop.org/

Montgomery

(518) 853-5500

(518) 842-8050

http://www.mc-spca.com/

Nassau

(516) 573-6600

(516) 843-7722

https://nassaucountyspca.org/

New York

(212) 487-9734

(212) 876-7700

https://www.nyshumane.org/contact-nysha/

Niagara

(716) 286-4547

(716) 731-4368

http://www.niagaraspca.org/

Oneida

(315) 736-8364

(315) 336-7070

https://www.ocgov.net/node/6625

Onondaga

(315) 435-3044

(315) 454-4479

http://cnyspca.org/make-a-report

Ontario

(585) 394-4560

(585) 396-4590

http://www.ontariocountyhumanesociety.org/

Orange

(845) 291-4033

(845) 564-6810

https://www.hudsonvalleyspca.com/humane-law-enforcement

Orleans

(585) 589-5527

(585) 752-2588

http://www.orleanscountyny.gov/animalcontrol

Oswego

(315) 349-3302

(315) 297-4900

https://www.oswegocountyspca.org/

Otsego

(607) 547-4271

(607) 547-8111

https://sqspca.org/

Putnam

(845) 225-4300

(845) 520-6915

https://spcaputnam.org/how-you-can-help/report-cruelty/

Queens

(718) 298-7550

(718) 486-7489

https://www.aspca.org/nyc/adoptable-cats/queens-a22248117

Rensselaer

(518) 462-7451

(518) 434-8128

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/Rensselaer-County-Humane-Society-152771238128849/

Richmond

(718) 815-8407

(212) 244-7722

https://www.aspca.org/nyc

Rockland

(845) 638-5400

(845) 354-3124

https://www.hvhumane.org/

Saratoga

(518) 885-6761

(518) 798-3500

https://saratogacountyny.gov/shelter/

Schenectady

(518) 393-8300

(518) 755-9517

http://countyspca.com/

Schoharie

(518) 295-8114

(518) 296-8390

https://schoharieanimalshelter.org/the-animals/

Schuyler

(607) 535-8222

(607) 594-2255

http://schuylerhumane.org/

Seneca

(607) 582-6555

(315) 946-3389

https://www.flspcaofcny.org/

St. Lawrence

(315) 379-2222

(315) 393-5191

https://www.stlawrencevalleyspca.org/

Stephen

(607) 622-3901

(607) 622-5363

https://littleshelterthatcould.com/learn/about-us/

Suffolk

(631) 854-8200

(631) 382-7722

https://suffolkspca.org/

Sullivan

(845) 794-7100

(845) 796-3120

http://www.sullivanspca.org/

Tioga

(607) 687-1010

(607) 565-2859

http://www.sullivanspca.org/

Tompkins

(607) 257-1345

(607) 257-1822

http://spcaonline.com/

Ulster

(845) 338-3640

(845) 331-5377

https://www.ucspca.org/

Warren

(518) 743-2500

(518) 793-4048

http://www.spcauny.org/

Washington

(518) 746-4623

(518) 793-3500

http://www.spcauny.org/

Wayne

(315) 946-9711

(315) 946-3389

https://www.hswaynepets.org/

Westchester

(914) 864-7700

(914) 941-2896

http://www.spca914.org/

Wyoming

(585) 786-8989

(585) 591-3114

https://www.wyomingcountyspca.org/

Yates

(315) 536-4438

(315) 536-6094

https://www.yateshumane.org/