Humane Law

Humane Law 2016-10-30T14:34:27+00:00

The Dutchess County SPCA has enforced Animal Cruelty laws in Dutchess County since 1871.

We provide this service throughout Dutchess County, seven days a week.

What is Animal Cruelty?
Animal cruelty encompasses a range of behaviors harmful to animals, from neglect to malicious killing. Intentional cruelty or abuse is knowingly depriving an animal of food, water, shelter, rest, sanitation, or veterinary care, or maliciously torturing, maiming, mutilating or killing an animal.

If you suspect animal cruelty contact the DCSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Department at 845-452-7722 ext. 404 or contact your local police.

t at 845-452-7722 ext. 404 or contact your local police.

DOG BITE PREVENTION WEEK

AVMA states: 37% of the 359,223 kids bitten by dog between 2010 and 2012 were between the ages of 5 and 9.

How Kids Should NOT Interact With Dogs by www.drsophiayin.com
(We think this infographic is great advice for all ages.)
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DOG BITE PREVENTION WEEK

AVMA states: 37% of the 359,223 kids bitten by dog between 2010 and 2012 were between the ages of 5 and 9.

How Kids Should NOT Interact With Dogs by www.drsophiayin.com
(We think this infographic is great advice for all ages.)

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 359,223 children were bitten by dog between 2010 and 2012. 66% of the injuries were to children 4 years old and younger - most injuries were to their head and neck.
The key to PREVENTING DOG BITES TO CHILDREN is ADULT SUPERVISION!
(Infographic from www.drsophiayin.com)
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According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 359,223 children were bitten by dog between 2010 and 2012. 66% of the injuries were to children 4 years old and younger - most injuries were to their head and neck. 
The key to PREVENTING DOG BITES TO CHILDREN is ADULT SUPERVISION!
(Infographic from www.drsophiayin.com)

Dog Bite Prevention Week!
How to Greet a Dog (and What to Avoid)
from www.drsophiayin.com
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Dog Bite Prevention Week!
How to Greet a Dog (and What to Avoid) 
from www.drsophiayin.com

DOG PREVENTION WEEK
Spread the word! Help lower the numbers. 4.5 million bites a year are too many!www.drsophiayin.com This dog bite prevention video illustrates why so many people are bitten by dogs every year. In this animation, a child approaches a dog ...
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This is Dog Bite Prevention Week!
In the U.S., over 4.5 MILLION people have reported being bitten by a dog.
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This is Dog Bite Prevention Week! 
In the U.S., over 4.5 MILLION people have reported being bitten by a dog.

Temps today will be dangerously hot for our furry friends.
Be kind. Keep them safe and keep them cool.
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Temps today will be dangerously hot for our furry friends.
Be kind. Keep them safe and keep them cool.

Be a part of the solution to this seemingly unending concern in our communities. Utilize the low-cost spay/neuter clinics like the one featured here or at the DCSPCA. Put an end to the needless suffering of homeless cats! If you are feeding homeless cats, take full responsibility as their caretaker. THEY DEPEND ON YOU for their health. ... See MoreSee Less

Be a part of the solution to this seemingly unending concern in our communities. Utilize the low-cost spay/neuter clinics like the one featured here or at the DCSPCA. Put an end to the needless suffering of homeless cats! If you are feeding homeless cats, take full responsibility as their caretaker. THEY DEPEND ON YOU for their health.

1 week ago

Trinni McIver

I tried too adopt a dog yrs ago and the process for me and my children who were small at the time and out wad heart breaking majority of there people there amongst my family was denied so I denied every donation..... ... See MoreSee Less

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Trinity, it's good you have contacted us. Though at Humane Law we are not involved with the adoption process, the Dutchess County SPCA changed their adoption policy to pretty much an open adoption policy. No vet checks. No landlord checks. No reference checks. So stop on by! Too bad you waited to long to say something!

I have a letter from my landlord for a dog to be in the home with me while alone

I world love to cone and view the new changed to Hyde park ny location as well

Like I said.... No landlord checks. The DCSPCA adoption counselors don't check with the landlord.

Ok thank you

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Dutchess County pet owners: On May 13, 2017 from 8 am- 12 noon, get your pets their rabies shots for free! Dogs must be on leashes. Cats and ferrets must be in their carriers. — at Dutchess County SPCA. ... See MoreSee Less

Dutchess County pet owners: On May 13, 2017 from 8 am- 12 noon, get your pets their rabies shots for free! Dogs must be on leashes. Cats and ferrets must be in their carriers. — at Dutchess County SPCA.

3 weeks ago

Dcspca Humane Law Division

Dutchess County residents: FREE rabies shot clinic at the Dutchess County SPCA on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 8 am to 12 noon. Proof of residency required. See flyer for details and extras being offered. ... See MoreSee Less

Dutchess County residents: FREE rabies shot clinic at the Dutchess County SPCA on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 8 am to 12 noon. Proof of residency required. See flyer for details and extras being offered.

It's that time of year again when we get out of the house and take our canine friends with us on fun adventures!
Always be mindful that the heat is not hurting your dog!
Here's a great infographic about hot pavement and paws.
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Its that time of year again when we get out of the house and take our canine friends with us on fun adventures! 
Always be mindful that the heat is not hurting your dog! 
Heres a great infographic about hot pavement and paws.

Mark your calendars...June 6th- we need you there...our pets need your voice.... ... See MoreSee Less

Officer McNamee and Deanna Mancuso are Advocating for updated laws to better protect the animals in NYS! Thanks Senators Serino and Ritchie for taking the time to hear what we had to say! ... See MoreSee Less

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Is McNamee A real name?

Not me Royal Ricci

Keep up the GREAT work kim

Glad to see you are lobbying in our State's Capitol Deanna!!!

Dutchess County pet owners: On May 13, 2017 from 8 am- 12 noon, get your pets their rabies shots for free! Dogs must be on leashes. Cats and ferrets must be in their carriers. ... See MoreSee Less

Dutchess County pet owners: On May 13, 2017 from 8 am- 12 noon, get your pets their rabies shots for free! Dogs must be on leashes. Cats and ferrets must be in their carriers.