Thankfully, most dog, cat, horse and other pet owners take care of their animal friends and enjoy their company for many years. Unfortunately, some people are cruel to animals. This is thankfully punishable by New York State law. SInce these poor animals can't speak up for themselves, it's up to neighbors and others to note what is going on and to report this to the authorities so the situation can be remedied.
What Defines Animal Cruelty
To learn more about the definition of animal cruelty, please visit the Suffolk S.P.C.A.'s page, What Defines Animal Cruelty? Note that it is a felony in New York State if a person intentionally or knowingly tortures an animal, or kills or seriously injures an animal, or causes one animal to fight with another. It is also a felony to conduct a cockfight, where roosters are pitted against each other and spectators gamble on which of the animals will win.
Note that pet owners must by law provide food, care and shelter that is necessary to maintain the animal in a state of good health. If you have observed that an animal is neglected, please notify the authorities.
Also, you may note that some individuals own a huge number of dogs, horses, or cattle in their homes or on their property. If someone complains that the animals appear to be malnourished, those animals can be rescued and the owner of these pets may be prosecuted.
Please also note that transporting or confining an animal in a cruel manner is also considered a misdemeanor. For example, if an individual leaves a pet in a locked car with closed windows in the middle of the summer, this extreme heat could result in the injury or death of the animal.
What to Do if You Witness Animal Abuse
What can you do if you see animal abuse or animal neglect? If you know of a case of animal abuse or animal neglect in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, you can report it to:
The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Suffolk S.P.C.A.) can be reached by calling (631) 382-7722.
The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is located at 363 Route 111 in Smithtown, New York.