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

Example 12 – Abandoned Animals: Animal Abandoned in Apartment

The Complaint

A landlord called the local humane society and reported that a tenant had moved away approximately a month before. The tenant had left her dog in the apartment, but had been coming back to feed it. Now, however, the tenant had not returned for ten days.

The Response

  1. The investigator went to the premises and looked through a window and did not see any signs of food or water. In addition, the furnishings of the apartment were torn up and feces and urine were all over. It was clear that the dog had been left for some time.
  2. Based on exigent circumstances, the investigator asked the landlord for permission to enter the apartment. It was granted, and the investigator and staff from the animal rescue unit of the humane society entered the apartment and removed the dog.
  3. The investigator took photographs of the dog and the conditions in the apartment.
  4. A notice was left on the door informing the former tenant of the seizure and how to contact the humane society.
  5. The dog was taken to the humane society and examined by a veterinarian.
  6. The former tenant called the humane society about the dog and met with the investigator who issued her a Summons to Appear. After discussing the state of the animal, the tenant agreed to surrender the animal.

Charges Brought
The individual involved was charged with a violation of Article 26 Section 353 of the Agriculture & Markets Law. (The individual could have been charged under 355 [Abandonment] as well.)

Supporting Documents Follow