How to Investigate Animal Cruelty in NY State – A Manual of Procedures
Example 15 – Abandoned Animals: Inside and Outside
A complainant called the local humane society during the winter and stated that two dogs at a house trailer appeared to be abandoned. One was inside the trailer and the other was tied to a dog house on the property.
- The investigator went to the residence and found a grey, matted Chow tied to a dog house, with no food in sight and frozen water in a bucket. The other dog was in the trailer.
- The investigator interviewed a neighbor who stated that the owner had not been around in three weeks and that the owner’s children came there on occasion but did not care for the animals.
- The investigator placed a business card in the door in such a way that it would fall out if anyone opened the door. The investigator provided the outside dog with some food and water.
- The investigator returned the following day, and the card had not been moved.
- Based on the fact that it appeared that no one had returned to feed or water the animals in a 24 hour period, the investigator applied for a search warrant to seize the animals.
- The search warrant was issued. The county sheriff’s department executed the search warrant, and along with the humane society entered the property and seized the animals.
- humane society investigators took photographs of the animals and their surroundings and kept them as evidence for the court case.
The individual involved was not found.
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