Praise Police Department for Fighting Animal Cruelty

Police Officer Saving Turtles

Target: NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton

Goal: Salute the NYPD for the boost in reports and arrests of animal abusers

In the past year, the New York Police Department has taken up the call to protect animals from neglect and abuse, and the results have been very encouraging. This year alone, there have been 2,600 911 calls about animal cruelty in New York City and 26 arrests—a substantial increase from last year. There have also been more in-person complaints.

Though there was some concern over the NYPD’s ability to handle animal cruelty cases, it has proven that it is both able and dedicated to the cause of protecting animals. With its resources, the NYPD has been able to effectively support the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in its efforts to curb animal cruelty in the area. This partnership has led to a record-breaking year in terms of reports and arrests, and the year’s not even over. Not only that, but with the help of the NYPD, ASPCA has been able to refocus its resources and treat 180 percent more victims of animal cruelty than last year, leading to more animal lives saved and placed in good homes.

These numbers show that the NYPD truly cares about the well-being of animals, both wild and domestic, and it should be recognized for its efforts. Please sign this petition to let the NYPD know that you appreciate what it has done for animals and that you hope NY police officers keep up the good work.


Dear Mr. Bratton,

Animal cruelty has long been overlooked by law enforcement agencies that either don’t have the time and resources to handle it or just don’t think it deserves much attention. As a result, millions of animals across the country have to endure neglect from owners or cruelty from strangers without any help, and many die as a result.

I understand that you’ve dedicated resources from the NYPD to partnering with the ASPCA so that you may both more effectively reduce animal cruelty in New York, saving the lives of many wild and domesticated creatures around the area. The increased reports, responses and arrests mean that not only will many more animals be rescued and placed in loving homes, but the people of New York will understand that they can’t get away with abusing or neglecting wildlife or pets. If you keep this up, you may be able to significantly reduce incidents of animal cruelty in your city.

I thank you for doing what so many other police departments have failed to do in the past. The record-breaking numbers of reports and arrests show that you truly care about the well-being of animals, and that a little effort goes a long way to helping them. It’s my hope that other cities will follow your shining example.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Lindsay Fendt via the Public Security Ministry

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