Pet owners have responsibilities to make sure that they are providing sufficient food, potable water, adequate shelter and medical attention (including required vaccinations) to their animals. Regular grooming such as nail clipping and trimming of breeds whose coats grow long is also part of these responsibilities. Failure to provide these items could result in a finding of neglect – a misdemeanor under New York State Agriculture and Markets Law Article 26.
Animals must be treated humanely. They may not be subjected to torture, beaten or harmed in any manner. A finding of abuse is a felony under New York State Agriculture and Markets Law Article 26.
To report suspected neglect or abuse please call local law enforcement, as well as Animal Control, or fill out the form below: