How to Investigate Animal Cruelty in NY State – A Manual of Procedures

Example 11 – Physical Abuse

The Complaint

A complainant called the local humane agency and reported that an individual who lived nearby had kicked a neighborhood cat. The complainant added that this was not the first time this individual had kicked the cat.

The Response

  1. The investigator investigated the complaint and interviewed the complainant who stated that he saw the individual kick a cat from his (the individual’s) front porch. The cat landed on the sidewalk. The complainant stated that he had told the individual not to do this. The individual responded by saying that the cat’s owners should keep the cat at home and that the complainant could call someone if he wanted to. The cat did not appear to be in need of veterinary care.
  2. The complainant signed a statement relating these facts to the investigator.
  3. Based on signed complaint, the investigator went to the individual’s house and issued him an appearance ticket.

Charges Brought

The individual involved was charged with a violation of Article 26 Section 353 of the Agriculture & Markets Law. Had the cat been seriously injured, the individual could have been charged with 353-a, Felony Animal Cruelty.

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