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.

1 week ago

Dcspca Humane Law Division

Extreme Heat and humidity will be dangerous for pets and their humans today. ... See MoreSee Less

Extreme Heat and humidity will be dangerous for pets and their humans today.

2 weeks ago

Dcspca Humane Law Division

This is what walking your dog on hot pavement could do to your dogs feet. Right now, our parking lot pavement is 119 degrees and rising. Dangerous pavement temps for dogs' paws.This is what happens when a dog is walked on surfaces that are too hot! So folks, always check the sidewalk or road - if it's too hot for you, it's definitely too hot for your pets! [photo credit to East Bay SPCA Veterinary surgeon] ... See MoreSee Less

This is what walking your dog on hot pavement could do to your dogs feet. Right now, our parking lot pavement is 119 degrees and rising. Dangerous pavement temps for dogs paws.

2 weeks ago

Dcspca Humane Law Division

EXTREME Summer Weather Alert! Keep pets safe and do not take dogs out for walks on the scorching pavement or in the oppressive heat. Evening walks with your dogs can still be dangerous on hot, humid days. Seek veterinary help immediately if your pet shows signs of heat stroke! ... See MoreSee Less

EXTREME Summer Weather Alert! Keep pets safe and do not take dogs out for walks on the scorching pavement or in the oppressive heat. Evening walks with your dogs can still be dangerous on hot, humid days. Seek veterinary help immediately if your pet shows signs of heat stroke!

EXTREME Summer Weather Alert! Keep pets safe and do not take dogs out for walks on scorching pavement or in this oppressive heat. Evening walks with your dog can still be dangerous. Seek veterinary help immediately if your pet shows signs of heat stroke! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Dcspca Humane Law Division

SUMMER WEATHER WARNING!!! Before you and your dog head out for a walk on the sidewalk, Rail Trail, the Walkway Over the Hudson, or down the street, remember the HOT PAVEMENT WILL BURN THEIR PAWS! Walk your dogs in early morning hours to beat the heat. ... See MoreSee Less

SUMMER WEATHER WARNING!!! Before you and your dog head out for a walk on the sidewalk, Rail Trail, the Walkway Over the Hudson, or down the street, remember the HOT PAVEMENT WILL BURN THEIR PAWS! Walk your dogs in early morning hours to beat the heat.

Don't let your pets declare their independence from you this fourth of July! ... See MoreSee Less

Dont let your pets declare their independence from you this fourth of July!

Seek immediate veterinary care if your pet displays any or all of these signs of heat exhaustion:
Bright Red Gums
Excessive Salivation
Dilated pupils with a panicked look on the face
Excessive panting and difficulty breathing
Increased heart rate
Collapsing or convulsing
Vomiting and diarrhea

For more information, please contact your local veterinary clinic.

excerpt from, www.cityofimperial.org/dogs-hot-cars-avoidable-tragedy
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Seek immediate veterinary care if your pet displays any or all of these signs of heat exhaustion:
Bright Red Gums 
Excessive Salivation 
Dilated pupils with a panicked look on the face
Excessive panting and difficulty breathing
Increased heart rate
Collapsing or convulsing
Vomiting and diarrhea

For more information, please contact your local veterinary clinic.

excerpt from, http://www.cityofimperial.org/dogs-hot-cars-avoidable-tragedy

June is Pet Preparedness month.
Have Pet Go-Bag(s) ready
#PetPreparedness #GetReady
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June is Pet Preparedness month.
Have Pet Go-Bag(s) ready
#PetPreparedness #GetReady

Low Cost Spay/Neuter clinic for CATS in Fishkill on June 15th! $70 per cat, includes rabies shot, ear cleaning and nail trimming. APPOINTMENT REQUIRED. See flyer for details. ... See MoreSee Less

Low Cost Spay/Neuter clinic for CATS in Fishkill on June 15th! $70 per cat, includes rabies shot, ear cleaning and nail trimming. APPOINTMENT REQUIRED. See flyer for details.

2 months ago

Dcspca Humane Law Division

June is Pet Preparedness month! If disaster strikes, are you ready? #PetPreparedness #GetReady

Pet "Go Bag"
1. Pet first aid kit
2. Canned/Dry food for 7+ days
3. Supply of pets' medications for 7+ days
4. For cats - litter box and newspaper or litter
5. Disposable garbage bags, liquid dish soap, disinfectant, hand sanitizer
6. 7 days' supply of water
7. Extra collar or harness with I.D.
8. Photocopies in sealed plastic bag or USB drive with pets' veterinary records and recent photos also in sealed plastic bag.
9. Pet carrier for cats or other small pets
10. Pets' blankets and/or bedding
11. Pet Toys
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June is Pet Preparedness month! If disaster strikes, are you ready? #PetPreparedness #GetReady

Pet "Go Bag"
1. Pet first aid kit
2. Canned/Dry food for 7+ days
3. Supply of pets' medications for 7+ days
4. For cats - litter box and newspaper or litter
5. Disposable garbage bags, liquid dish soap, disinfectant, hand sanitizer
6. 7 days' supply of water
7. Extra collar or harness with I.D.
8. Photocopies in sealed plastic bag or USB drive with pets' veterinary records and recent photos also in sealed plastic bag.
9. Pet carrier for cats or other small pets
10. Pets' blankets and/or bedding
11. Pet Toys
... See MoreSee Less

June is Pet Preparedness month! If disaster strikes, are you ready?  #PetPreparedness #GetReady

Pet Go Bag
1. Pet first aid kit
2. Canned/Dry food for 7+ days
3. Supply of pets medications for 7+ days
4. For cats - litter box and newspaper or litter
5. Disposable garbage bags, liquid dish soap, disinfectant, hand sanitizer
6. 7 days supply of water
7. Extra collar or harness with I.D.
8. Photocopies in sealed plastic bag or USB drive with pets veterinary records and recent photos also in sealed plastic bag.
9. Pet carrier for cats or other small pets
10. Pets blankets and/or bedding
11. Pet Toys