- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City has ramped up animal cruelty arrests and pet rescues since police took on the lead role in investigating animal abuse complaints.

The New York Police Department assumed that responsibility at the start of the year from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The New York Post (https://bit.ly/1zUOGIa ) reported Monday that police have made 130 animal cruelty arrests so far this year. That’s compared to an average of 40 to 45 arrests annually under the previous arrangement.

The Post says the NYPD has rescued 385 animals, up from about 140 rescues per year before.

A senior ASPCA director, Howard Lawrence, notes that the ASPCA had a far smaller force. ASPCA liaisons still work with police, and the ASPCA rehabilitates animals police rescue.


Information from: New York Post, https://www.nypost.com



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