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Praise for policing animal cruelty

Newsday - August 1, 2007

Making the enforcement of animal cruelty laws mainstream is an idea whose time has come. Kudos to Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy for assigning a detective in each precinct to oversee animal cruelty issues ["Pet police on patrol," News, July 25]. SPCAs are generally too small to handle the number of cases that come before them.

In New York City the ASPCA often has been criticized for not doing an adequate job in humane law enforcement. It has only 15 officers to serve a city of some 8 million people. They constantly make excuses for not getting the job done, but the truth is with such limited capabilities, it would be a Herculean feat. The city - its people and animals - deserves much better.

Animal cruelty laws and enforcement must be taken seriously. There is a precedent in the city for specialized units for housing, transit and the mounted police. Why not an animal cruelty unit?

Elizabeth Forel

Editor's note: The writer is a founding member of the Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages.

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