At the urgent request of the New York City Police Department, the ASPCA yesterday assisted with the rescue of more than 25 dogs from a cruelty situation in Queens, New York. The dogs were found in extremely poor conditions where their basic needs were not being met. Some were found living in a shed in the backyard of the property stacked in makeshift kennels, while others were found in the basement. All the dogs lacked proper ventilation, and many were covered in feces and urine at the time of their rescue and exhibited fearful behavior.
ASPCA experts supported this case by providing boots-on-the-ground assistance to remove the dogs from the property in Queens until late into the night. The animals were immediately transported to the ASPCA’s care, where veterinary and behavior experts will conduct forensic exams and provide the dogs with much-needed medical care and behavioral treatment and enrichment.
“These dogs were kept in a horrific environment, and we’re proud to have worked with the NYPD to rescue them and provide immediate expert care,” said Howard Lawrence, Vice President of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement. “This partnership continues to prioritize and elevate animal welfare throughout the city and we are committed to stopping cruelty and helping animals in crisis wherever they need our help.”
Earlier this month, we announced the development of a Recovery & Rehabilitation Center being built in the Hudson Valley to expand our capacity to care for animals rescued through our partnership with the NYPD. The facility is slated to open in 2023 and will work in conjunction with the ASPCA Animal Recovery Center and Canine Annex for Recovery & Enrichment in Manhattan, where we currently provide care for NYC’s animal victims of cruelty and neglect.