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Walden woman charged after dog, Zelda, died in hot, closed car
Times Herald-Record

Town of Wallkill man charged with animal cruelty in beating of Corgi
Times Herald-Record

Goshen woman charged with cruelty to animals in death of five horses
Mid Hudson News

Monroe man faces animal cruelty charges
Times Herald-Record

Sanctuary says most animals in Hamptonburgh farm abuse case are on the mend
Times Herald-Record

Over 100 starving animals rescued from Orange County farm
Times Herald-Record

Over 200 animals rescued from Montgomery farm
Mid Hudson News

Newburgh man charged with animal cruelty
Mid-Hudson News

Highland Mills woman accused of starving her dog to death
Mid-Hudson News

Rats attack abandoned dog, owner charged with animal cruelty
Mid-Hudson News

New Windsor woman arrested on 30 animal cruelty charges
Mid-Hudson News

Woman sentenced for cruelty to over 30 horses
Mid-Hudson News

Probation sentence for woman who neglected more than 30 horses
Times Herald Record

Woman charged with 20 counts of animal cruelty
Mid-Hudson News

SPCA investigates dog tossed in Hudson
Mid-Hudson News

Murdered Pit Bull Pulled from River
The Blotter Mid-Hudson Valley Edition

Horse owner faces more animal neglect charges
Mid-Hudson News

Horse owner arrested on five counts of animal cruelty
Mid-Hudson News

Horse owner arrested on five counts of animal cruelty
Mid-Hudson News

Shelter Tails: If you see a pet being abused, call authorities
Times Herald Record

SPCA removes 74 animals from Town of Wallkill home
Times Herald Record

2 dogs rescued from hot, boarded shed in Town of Wallkill
Times Herald Record

SPCA Rescues Dogs from Abandoned Home
The Sentinel

Rescuers save 2 dogs in flooded, filthy garage in Town of Wallkill
Times Herald Record

About Us

What is Humane Law Enforcement?
Humane Law Enforcement is a division of law enforcement that is designed to protect domestic animals from abuse and neglect. New York State humane laws require that animals be provided with appropriate sanitary living conditions, food, water and medical treatment when they are sick or injured. According to humane laws, those who commit acts of violence or fail to care for the animals they are harboring can be punished with fines and/or imprisonment. Animals that are considered domestic under humane laws include dogs, cats, exotic pets and livestock such as cattle, horses, goats and chickens.

Examples
Cases that are investigated and prosecuted under humane laws are often those of torture and violence committed against animals. Some acts of abuse include dog fighting, cock fighting, animal starvation, the shooting of domestic animals with pellet guns, and the intentional mutilation of domestic animals. Neglect may include inadequate shelter, lack of food and/or water, and absence of medical care.

Officers
Humane Law Enforcement Officers (HLEO’s) are responsible for investigating acts of animal cruelty, making arrests, providing conditions with which pet owners must comply, and educating the public about animal cruelty. Officers are specially trained in animal health and first aid, and they have in-depth knowledge of the animal cruelty laws of New York State. HLEO's can obtain and execute search and seizure warrants, issue summonses, make arrests and prosecute offenders. They can seize animals in distress without a court order and initiate a civil forfeiture proceeding to obtain ownership of those animal. Their primary goal is to protect the health and welfare of animals by choosing to pursue cases civilly or criminally.

The Hudson Valley Humane Law Enforcement Division is the only law enforcement agency in Orange County that specializes in animal cruelty and abuse.
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