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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

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

Animals at Middletown farm rescued after months without food, water
News12 Hudson Valley

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

2 abandoned, abused pit bulls rescued by SPCA in Wallkill
News12 Hudson Valley

SPCA Rescues Dogs from Abandoned Home
The Sentinel

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

Five Freedoms

One of the simplest measures to determine whether or not an animal is being victimized is the "Five Freedoms:"

1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
The animal must have ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.

2. Freedom from discomfort
The animal must be provided an appropriate environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting place.

3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease
The animal must have access to medical care/rapid diagnosis and treatment.

4. Freedom to express normal behavior
The animal must be provided sufficient space, proper facilities and access to company of the animal’s own kind.

5. Freedom from fear and distress
The animal must be ensured conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

Society must not lose sight of the fact that victim animals often do not have a spokesman for their suffering. Each investigation into allegations of harm against an animal has an eye towards justice for each animal and for the community. The State of New York provides protection of the weak from the strong and defends the vulnerable against the tyranny of others. This includes all species. Violence is violence, and abuse is abuse, whether it is against a person or an animal. Our agency strives to ensure the lives and interests of animals are protected.
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