How to Investigate Animal Cruelty in NY State – A Manual of Procedures
Example 18 – Unorganized Dog Fighting (Street Fighting)
A humane agency cruelty investigator encountered two individuals fighting their dogs on a city street.
- The investigator arrested the two people and took them to the police station.
- He carefully documented that the dogs were fighting and the owners were making no effort to break up the fight.
- He took the seized dogs to the animal shelter and had them examined by a veterinarian. The veterinarian provided a signed statement indicating that the wounds on the dogs indicated that they had been fighting.
- The investigator took photographs of the two dogs that documented the wounds they had sustained..
The individuals involved were charged with Felony dog fighting, a violation of Article 26 Section 351 of the Agriculture & Markets Law.
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