Humane Law Enforcement
EDUCATING PET OWNERS AND ARRESTING OFFENDERS
The Humane Law Enforcement Department at Lollypop Farm plays a critical role in addressing cruelty to animals in our community. Our organization maintains an SPCA designation and is charged with investigating and enforcing the animal cruelty laws of New York State. With five animal cruelty investigators, the law enforcement department receives no government or agency funding.
OUR OFFICERS’ ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY
Our humane law enforcement officers are certified state peace officers with the authority to make arrests—not “dogcatchers” or animal control officers. The department serves Monroe, Orleans, Genesee, and Livingston counties. Officers also assist authorities in other areas, such as Wayne County. Investigators respond to concerns about animal cruelty reported through our Animal Cruelty Hotline, as well as cases referred by other law enforcement agencies.
Our officers usually spend several hours each day out in the field, responding to calls. Their main daily task is to respond to potential situations of animal cruelty and educate the public on how to provide responsible care for their pets and farm animals and how to stay within the law. Their job descriptions do not include picking up roaming pets, or dead animals from the side of the road, or removing wildlife from people’s homes.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2016, the Law Enforcement department responded to 3,224 calls for service, seized or otherwise received 290 animals, and made 22 arrests.
The majority of the incoming calls involved dogs and cats, but farm animals—especially horses—also made up a large proportion. The arrests mostly arose from misdemeanor cases or violations.
- Animal Cruelty Laws in New York State
- How to Recognize Cruelty
- Frequently Asked Questions about Animal Cruelty
- Dog Fighting Frequently Asked Questions
- Cruelty Cases in Monroe County
Please note that, although we have provided links to the websites of other animal welfare organizations, Lollypop Farm is an independent nonprofit that does not receive funds from any national organizations.