Humane Law Enforcement
The SPCA of Westchester investigates animal cruelty complaints throughout
the county including the cities of Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon and
White Plains. Cruelty complaints from towns and villages are handled as
The mission of the Humane Law Enforcement Division of the SPCA of Westchester is to protect the animals in Westchester County from cruelty and neglect through the aggressive and proactive enforcement of New York State Law and to educate citizens so that ignorance does not result in neglect. This includes organized animal cruelty such as dog fights, cock fights and puppy mills.
The SPCA of Westchester's Humane Law Enforcement
Officers are certified NYS Peace Officers given "full
Police power" through the NYS Criminal Procedure Law
and Agriculture and Markets Law. These officers are
empowered to enforce all the laws of New York State
and specifically those relating to animal cruelty. They are
not animal control officers. They are trained in accordance
with the requirements as set forth by the NYS Division of
Criminal Justice Services.
Officers of the SPCA participate in Humane Education classes in
schools throughout the county, working with the children by giving them insight through hands on participation into "what is animal cruelty?" Officers are also available to make presentations to groups, schools, etc. on a variety of topics. Should your group or school wish to schedule a presentation, please call the SPCA of Westchester.
Donations to help fund this much needed service are gratefully accepted. Help us help the abused and abandoned animals. You've seen the work done by the officers of this division in the newspaper and on the television news. Make a donation today and make a difference in the lives of the countless animals who cannot help themselves. Rising costs associated in providing these "police services" makes it more important than ever that concerned individuals, groups and businesses show their support.
SPCA HUMANE ENFORCEMENT:
ARTICLES OF INTEREST:
WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE ANIMALS CAN'T DIAL 911!