District Attorney’s Taskforce Launches Innovative App

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The Albany, N.Y. County District Attorney’s new Animal Cruelty Task Force (See LINKLetter September 2013) has a new high-tech campaign that adds a dramatic website and an app as part of its multi-agency response to animal abuse, neglect and hoarding. Based on the premise that investigation into 90% of all crimes begins with citizens notifying authorities, the website alerts the public that “Animal Abuse Prevention Starts with You.”


 It features signs of animal cruelty, background on current cases, and a list of agencies individuals can call if they suspect animal abuse. The newest feature of the campaign is a downloadable app from the New York State Animal Protection Federation that includes all New York anti-cruelty laws to assist both law enforcement officers and those who witness the crimes. “The District Attorney’s Office is tasked with prosecuting offenders who violate the law, and in cases of animal abuse or hoarding, it is vital to hold offenders accountable while also ensuring these crimes are never repeated. By forming this taskforce it is our goal to make sure all responders are employing best practices in Albany County, prioritizing prevention strategies in every community, and educating the public about what they can do to help,” said District Attorney David Soares. The taskforce combines law enforcement prevention efforts, public education outreach and intensified prosecution. Members include veterinarians, law enforcement officers, the Attorney General’s office, animal shelters, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Service. A felonylevel Assistant District Attorney from the Special Victims Unit oversees prosecution of all animal-related crimes. Prosecutors collaborate with medical and animal welfare professionals to train veterinarians, pet shop operators, groomers and others in the companion animal community. Future outreach will address livestock and farm animals in rural areas. Det. Sgt. Dennis Durkin of the Child and Family Services Unit of the Albany Police Department, the newest member of the task force, told Albany’s News10 ABC about how the crossover of abuse makes the app so vital. “If they have a bad temper, if they can’t take it out on a child or their partner at that time, they will also abuse an animal,” he said. Other components of the campaign include a program at the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society to care for the animals of domestic violence survivors who leave their abuser.

Now, local police, sheriff’s departments and anyone else concerned with animal welfare, can download an App from the New York State Animal Protection Federation that will keep you up to date on all the animal laws in New York. The Federation represents all of New York State's humane societies, SPCAs and municipal animal shelters.

Download the APP.
Statistics have shown that individuals who commit acts of animal cruelty can escalate to violence against people. Crimes against animals are bridge crimes that have become an increased concern for all of us.

We also know there is a great deal of recidivism in animal abuse—this comes at a cost to the animals as well as those who have to deal with these crimes, law enforcement and local animal welfare organizations.  

The NYS Animal Protection Federation (NYSAPF) has compiled these relevant, animal-related New York State laws to help you when dealing with animal issues. NYSAPF works to create a humane community where animals benefit from progressive, life-saving programs developed through the collaboration of our member organizations.

We hope this App will aid your organization and can serve as a continual reference as it is updated to reflect the changing standards for animals in our state.


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