COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The Susquehanna SPCA has created an online tool to allow people to report suspected cases of animal neglect or abuse in Otsego County.
The county’s animal cruelty task force for prevention, education, training and systems (PETS), will investigate the reports and work with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of the animals.
“It is important to note that while the SQSPCA is not law enforcement and, as such, cannot take action on its own, we are fortunate to have very supportive policing agencies in our communities. When our staff believe a report should be taken seriously, local law enforcement will, too,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.
The PETS task force was formed in February of 2019 to prevent and combat animal cruelty in Otsego County through education and empowerment of law enforcement and the general public.
“The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, will do whatever we can to assist our citizens with animal related problems. Furthermore, we seek to protect animals from the neglect and abuse inflicted upon them in violation of current laws. We continue these efforts through education, mediation, investigation and enforcement working toward a healthy community where quality of life matters,” said Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin.
Haynes adds that, depending on each case, some animal cruelty reports will take some time to investigate.
“Folks must also understand that, in some instances, action will not be not immediate. There may be cases where there is not currently enough evidence of suspected cruelty to take action but for which evidence may be building,” she said.
Also, Haynes says the SPCA will work with people reporting who would like to remain anonymous, but will need some information for police.
“If you would like to remain anonymous to those suspected of animal cruelty, we can arrange that,” Haynes said. “However, in order for the report to be taken seriously, we do need your name and contact information to share with law enforcement.”
People who would like more information, or to report suspected animal cruelty or neglect, can call 607-547-8111 or visit sqspca.org.