*** UPDATE at 12:40PM ***
ASPCA finally showed up. They quickly told me it is not against the law to leave a dog in a car for hours at a time even in 18 degree weather. They looked at the dog and said it is in good health and not mistreated.
They also told me NOT to call them again about this as they are very busy!
Why is it that I cannot get a response from the ASPCA in regards to a complaint I filed 2 days ago? I reported a complaint via email and then with two follow-up phone calls.
As of this time there has still been no response from them. I received a comment from the person that answered the phone that they didn’t have an agent available yesterday in the Bronx but today they do and hopefully they will get here. Now I realize that there may be more pressing issues like “dog fighting” or “dog chained to fence”, etc. But I think it still deserves a response that a dog is allowed to be left in a car for many hours at a time, including all night last night when the temperature was 18 degrees.
I am talking about a security guard across the street at the nursing home that is currently on strike. If you have been reading my other posts you will know that my neighborhood is fighting the way the nursing home is handling the strike.
It just appalls me that someone can treat a dog like this and not face any consequences. I cannot believe that the ASPCA doesn’t have enough officers to enforce the law! I also cannot believe that the New York Police Department cannot do anything about it either. I have checked and according to the ASPCA website it does say that the PD can handle this, but when I spoke to the community affairs officer outside my house, he stated that there is nothing he can do.
However, according to the ASPCA website the PD is supposed to investigate and issue violations and or make arrests. See here for the full rules, here is an excerpt:
Authority to Investigate Cruelty**
Law enforcement officer: Yes;
Agent or officer of a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals: Yes
Authority to Make Arrests***
– Law enforcement officer: Yes; Agent or officer of a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals: Yes. See N.Y. Agric. & Mkts. Â§371 (1999). See also Â§ 371.
– A constable or police officer must, and any agent or officer of any duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals may issue an appearance ticket, summon or arrest, and bring before a court or magistrate having jurisdiction, any person offending against any of the provisions of the animal cruelty laws. See N.Y. Agric. & Mkts. Â§371 (1999). See also Â§ 371.
I hope the ASPCA arrives today…
( If you are reading this anywhere but my blog, you can find the original post here. )