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

Example 22 – Irresponsible Breeders

The Complaint

A complainant wrote a detailed letter to a local humane society stating that 13 purebred dogs kept on a neighbor’s property were not being fed or watered properly. The dog owner/breeder no longer lived on the property and only periodically returned.

Because it was winter, it was critical that the dogs be given proper food and water. In addition, some of the dogs were chained to plastic dog carriers that provided inadequate shelter.

The Response

  1. The investigator had the complainant complete a deposition stating exactly what he had seen and when.
  2. The investigator then observed the dogs and their conditions from the roadway. In addition, the investigator observed the conditions of the dogs from the window of the complainant’s home which was adjacent to the breeder’s property.
  3. Based on his observations and the signed statement of the complainant, the investigator applied for a search warrant and an arrest warrant.
  4. The investigator coordinated the rescue effort with the State Police responsible for the area.
  5. He also secured the services of a local veterinarian to assist in the rescue effort.
  6. On the day of the rescue, the state police executed the search warrant and entered the property along with staff of the humane society. Each animal was given an identification number and was photographed, along with their living conditions.
  7. The dogs were transported to the shelter.
  8. The state police found the breeder and arrested him.
  9. The veterinarian examined each dog and completed a “Veterinarian’s Statement” form, specifying the condition of each animal.

Charges Brought

The individual involved was charged with violations of Article 26 Section 353 of the Agriculture & Markets Law.

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