Task force tackles growing animal cruelty problem in Otsego County

Otsego County is experiencing more and more animal abuse cases, so they’re putting together an animal cruelty task force.

Posted: Feb 12, 2019 6:08 PM
Updated: Feb 13, 2019 9:13 AM

The Susquehanna SPCA is working with the District Attorney and law enforcement agencies to deal with the growing problem of animal abuse. Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes explains the mission.

"The goal of this is to have an educational program that we can hopefully get to the root and end animal cruelty, but also when we do suspect animal cruelty, a proper system in place to address it quickly."

Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin tells animal cruelty is a growing problem in Otsego County.

"Unfortunately we’ve seen an increase in animal cruelty case. This has always been something for the last few years we’ve talked about, so we felt it was time, and we want to have some sort of standardization and training in the way we handle things."

Educating the public is another job the task force is faced with. For instance, when you see animals left out it in cold and snowy conditions, is it animal cruelty, and who do you call?

Stacie Haynes tells us who to call and when. "If people have questions about whether something is animal cruelty or not, they can call here, but if somebody is certain that animal cruelty is happening, the fastest way they’re going to get action is by calling law enforcement directly."

Sheriff Devlin says law enforcement is getting the message loud and clear.

"Since this has been announced we’ve an outpouring of support from the community that feels this is needed, so it seems like we’re doing the right thing because we got a lot of people that are saying this is long overdue."

If you have questions about animal cruelty in Otsego County, or suspect there 'may' be a cruelty case happening you can call the Susquehanna SPCA at 607 547-8111

If you 'see' animal cruelty happening you can contact the Otsego County Sheriff's Department at 607 547-4271 or contact your local law enforcement agency.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 417589

Reported Deaths: 32725
CountyConfirmedDeaths
New York City22628023556
Suffolk434681997
Nassau434362194
Westchester360491446
Rockland13893674
Orange11105489
Erie8667669
Monroe4821277
Dutchess4557153
Onondaga3515200
Albany2543126
Oneida2103112
Ulster203991
Sullivan148448
Niagara145898
Putnam143763
Broome107864
Schenectady104137
Rensselaer74830
Saratoga73917
Columbia52937
Madison40517
Ontario35234
Warren30233
Orleans29554
Steuben29442
Greene28918
Fulton28524
Genesee2735
Herkimer2624
St. Lawrence2624
Washington25514
Oswego2493
Wayne2483
Chautauqua2419
Tompkins2300
Chenango2126
Tioga19125
Livingston1708
Cattaraugus1646
Chemung1633
Montgomery1604
Cayuga1502
Jefferson1390
Clinton1274
Otsego1155
Wyoming1135
Delaware1044
Cortland930
Seneca863
Allegany751
Schoharie680
Yates567
Essex550
Franklin500
Lewis370
Schuyler220
Hamilton70
Unassigned00
Utica
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 57°
Oneonta
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 54°
Herkimer
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 57°
Thendara
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 57°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Ask EPLC Sweepstakes
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left