Humane Law Enforcement


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 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.

Investigating Animal Cruelty

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.


In 2018, the Law Enforcement department investigated 896 cases of suspected animal cruelty, removed 338 animal from unsafe conditions, and made 11 arrests, holding animal abusers accountable for their crimes.

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.

Campaigns for Humane Animal Care

Winter Weather Pet Safety
The Rochester weather can be frightful, especially for our four-legged friends. With temperatures dropping and snow falling, the winter season is not without its challenges. From chapped paws to dangerously low temperatures, our pets need our help to keep them safe and comfortable in the upcoming months. Learn about ways to keep pets warm in the winter, and what to do if you see a pet stuck outside in the cold.

Too Hot for Spot
Hot summer temperatures can be dangerous for your pets, especially if left in a parked car. On a warm day, the temperature inside your car can reach 120° F in just a few minutes—even with the windows partially open. Sign the Too Hot for Spot Pledge to keep your pet safe, and learn how you can take action to save other pets locked in hot cars.

Additional Resources

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.