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Report Animal Cruelty and Neglect

Who to Contact

If you think an animal is being abused or neglected, it is important that you do something about it. Your involvement may be the animal’s only hope. If you witness or suspect animal abuse/neglect in Westchester County, please contact the SPCA of Westchester's 24 hour Animal Abuse Hotline immediately. All calls will remain confidential.

SPCA of Westchester
Animal Abuse Hotline
24 Hours/7 Days a Week

Westchester D.A.'s Office of Animal Abuse Complaints
Maryann Liebowitz

The city of Mt. Vernon is offering a $6,000 reward for information about dog fighting rings. Call Mt. Vernon Police at 914-665-2510.

In Putnam County:
Contact your Putnam Valley Dog Control Officer, Patti Smith, for more information at

Please report websites that display acts of cruelty to animals to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice.

FBI New York
26 Federal Plaza, 23rd. Floor
New York, New York 10278-0004
(212) 384-1000

FBI Albany
200 McCarty Avenue
Albany, New York 12209
(518) 465-7551

Department of Justice
E-mails to the Department of Justice, including the Attorney General, may be sent to
Department of Justice Main Switchboard - 202-514-2000
Office of the Attorney General - 202-353-1555

What to Look For

Does the animal have access to food, water and shelter?
Is his/her area clean?
Does the animal have apparent injuries that have not been treated?
Does the animal appear to be overly aggressive or timid?
Does the animal appear to be neglected? (Neglect is vaguely defined as failure to provide an animal with necessary food, water, shelter, rest, sanitation, ventilation, space, or medical attention.)

Examples of neglect are starvation, dehydration, parasite infestations, allowing a collar to grow into an animal’s skin, inadequate shelter, and failure to seek veterinary care when an animal needs medical attention.

Illegal animal fighting is a blood-sport in which animals are specifically bred and trained to fight each other within an enclosed pit or ring, for the benefit of individuals who place bets on the animal they believe will win. The fights are extremely brutal, with animals often fighting to the death.

Animal abuse in violent homes can take many forms and can occur for many reasons. Many times a parent or domestic partner who is abusive may kill, or threaten to kill, the household pets to intimidate family members into sexual abuse, to remain silent about previous or current abuse, or simply to psychologically torture the the victims by flexing their "power".

New York State Humane Association's manual, "How to Investigate Animal Cruelty in New York State - A Manual of Procedures" is a comprehensive document which includes chapters on all NYS laws pertinent to animals - annotated with explanations, case law relevant to animal cases, basic animal care standards, handouts on various animal care topics, and articles pertinent to various animal issues.

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