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.

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Dcspca Humane Law Division

National Poison Prevention Week. Keep toxic substances out of pets' reach!

Read below for the 10 most common poisonous substances for dogs & cats..It's National Poison Prevention Week!

Keep pet poisons out of your pet's reach & pet-proof your home.

If you suspect your pet has ingested poison, call your veterinarian, emergency clinic, or a pet poison hotline right away!

According to Pet Poison Hotline, the following are the top 10 most often ingested poisons by dogs and cats:

Dog Poisons:
1. Chocolate
2. Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
3. Vitamins and Minerals (e.g., Vitamin D3, iron, etc.)
4. NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)
5. Cardiac Medications (e.g., calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, etc.)
6. Cold and Allergy Medications (e.g., pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, etc.)
7. Antidepressants (e.g., selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
8. Xylitol
9. Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)
10. Caffeine Pills

Cat Poisons:
1. Topical spot-on insecticides
2. Household Cleaners
3. Antidepressants
4. Lilies
5. Insoluble Oxalate Plants (e.g., Dieffenbachia, Philodendron, etc.)
6. Human and Veterinary NSAIDs
7. Cold and Flu Medication (e.g., Tylenol)
8. Glow Sticks
9. ADD/ADHD Medications/Amphetamines
10. Mouse and Rat Poison
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National Poison Prevention Week. Keep toxic substances out of pets reach!

Read below for the 10 most common poisonous substances for dogs & cats..

In preparation for the snow on Tuesday: Besides the milk and bread, think ahead - for your pets! During extreme temps and storms, don't leave companion animals outside. ... See MoreSee Less

A few more pictures from the St. Patrick's Day parade in Beacon yesterday! We were sporting our new HLE vehicle which was gratefully paid-in-full with donations from many Dcspca Humane Law Division supporters! Photos courtesy of our great DCSPCA volunteer, Heidi! Thanks Heidi! ... See MoreSee Less

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Dcspca Humane Law Division

We had a great time at Beacon's St. Patrick's Day of Green parade today! Thank you to our hard-core DCSPCA volunteers who braved the cold and marched down Main St ! ... See MoreSee Less

We had a great time at Beacons St. Patricks Day of Green parade today! Thank you to our hard-core DCSPCA volunteers who braved the cold and marched down Main St !

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Thank you, Kim, our terrific humane law officer, for being there and taking all these pictures!