NYSHA Animal Cruelty Investigation Manual

New York State Humane Association’s manual, “How to Investigate Animal Cruelty in New York State – A Manual of Procedures” is a comprehensive document which includes chapters on how to be prepared ahead of time – before you actually receive a cruelty complaint, how to receive and investigate a complaint, examples covering many situations, all NYS laws pertinent to animals – annotated with explanations, case law relevant to animal cases, basic animal care standards, appendices containing forms to use in cruelty investigations, handouts on various animal care topics, and articles pertinent to various animal issues.

Sue McDonough, NYSHA President and Police Officer, provided technical input and expertise; Pat Valusek, NYSHA Vice-President and technical writer, researched supplementary material and additional examples, and wrote the text. Material was gathered from individuals who worked for various agencies, such as DA’s offices, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the ASPCA, SPCA with active cruelty investigation programs, state agencies such as the Dept. of Ag. & Mkts., and various police agencies.

The entire manual, HTML format -or- 8M PDF file, is now available online. Use the HTML option if you want to view/print specific sections of the manual. Use the PDF option to view a printer-friendly version of the manual in its entirety. Downloading may take a while, but, in Adobe Acrobat Reader, you’ll then be able to save SAVE-AS icon a copy of the file or to print PRINTER icon the file.

NYSHA Fact Sheets relevant to animal cruelty
· Memorandum Regarding the Issue of Sustenance Including Veterinary Care
· Step by Step Example Animal Cruelty Case Investigation by Law Enforcement
· Peace Officers employed by SPCAs and What They Can Do by Law
· Jail Time and Probation in New York State
· Animal Hoarders
· Forfeiture of Animals in an Anmal Cruelty Case