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New Seneca Co. Animal Cruelty Hot-Line

The telephone number (315)-945-9931 provides direct access for reporting animal cruelty to SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigators in Seneca County and ensures complete confidentiality. The Dedicated Animal Cruelty Reporting Line will be answered daily or will be recorded on voice mail when investigators are not available. Calls that are recorded will be returned by SPCA Investigators within a twenty-four hour period. Under the auspices of the Seneca Humane Society/SPCA and of the Beverly Animal Shelter, the SPCA Department of Animal Protective Services is a New York State law enforcement authority that investigates the criminal behavior of cruelty to animals. The SPCA Department of Animal Protective Services does not respond to emergencies such as animals struck by vehicles, animal medical emergencies or animal control complaints. The Dedicated Animal Cruelty Reporting Line will be used exclusively for the public in reporting animal cruelty.SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigators have provided a guide for those who want to call the “Dedicated Animal Cruelty Reporting Line” at (315)-945-9931. Our investigators are best able to perform their duties when provided with detailed descriptions of the suspected abuse. When reporting an incident some of the more important information to provide the call taker or voice mail system includes:• What occurred — Describe the animal cruelty that you witnessed or have information of, including type, number, and description of the animals involved. • Who’s involved — Provide the name(s) and/or a description of the person or people involved in the incident(s) and advise if any weapons were involved. • When it occurred — Date and time of the suspected abuse or neglect. • Where it occurred – Because of the extensive area covered by our investigators, all information concerning the location of the incident(s) is of primary importance.If possible, provide the street address, including cross streets, ZIP codes, and any landmarks, including business names and apartment complex names. • Additional Information – Any additional animal, suspect, or location information to assist with keeping our Investigators safe while protecting the animals of our communities. Remember — Any details that you are able to provide will increase our chances of seeing that the law is upheld, that the animals are rescued, and that those responsible are held accountable for their actions. Complainant information is not released by the Seneca HS/ SPCA investigators and every measure will be taken to ensure information confidentiality. In Accordance with the New York State Agriculture and Marketing Law, Article 26, Animal includes every living creature except a human being, Cruelty includes every act, omission, or neglect, whereby unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death is caused or permitted. Animal cruelty is a misdemeanor crime in New York State punishable by up to one year in prison, or up to a $1,000 fine, or both. Indicators of animal cruelty include, but are not limited to, animal abandonment; failure to provide proper sustenance — meaning food, water, proper shelter, as defined by New York State law — lack of grooming and no or inadequate veterinary care. Additionally, Animal Fighting and Aggravated Animal Cruelty are felony crimes in New York State, punishable by up to 4 years in prison, or up to $25,000 fine, or both. The Animal Protective Services Program is an all volunteer service with no cost to local government or to the community. Help protect the animals of Seneca County by making a donation to the Seneca HS/SPCA and Beverly Animal Shelter. Make checks out to the “Animal Cruelty Program” and mail to the SHS/SPCA and Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 E. River Street, Waterloo, NY 13165.The Seneca County animal cruelty reporting line is (315)-945-9931.

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