WHO: No Kill New York, Inc., 501c3, Kate Riviello and Josephine Castiglio, nokill-newyork.org. (845) 856-7366
WHAT: Will lead a protest & demonstration against NYPD for not enforcing animal cruelty laws for yard dog Jake of Staten Island.
WHEN: January 25, 2015, Sunday, 1-5pm.
WHERE: New York Police Department Precinct #123, 116 Main Street, Staten Island, NY.
WHY: An animal is suffering, living in substandard conditions, and the NYPD is failing to take action according to NY State Ag and Market Law 353B.
Jake, a sad, skinny, four-year-old Rottweiler, was discovered by Josephine and her friends as they were feeding cats at this industrial location. Jake was penned in by two cargo containers. The dog is living in obviously cruel conditions.
In NY State, The Ag and Market Law 353B states that there must be at the very least four parameters met to avoid animal cruelty charges:
(1) That the conditions be suited to the dog’s breed according to their size and coat;(2) That their health must be perfect to withstand the elements; (3) That the doghouse is insulated, preferably with a flap and off the ground and big enough to move around; and (4) Fresh water is available 24/7 which in winter means a heated water source. Sweet little Jake the Rottie had no conditions remotely within the law.
According to the police, they were informed that the ASPCA and Animal Care & Control gave this business the green light to have the dog in those conditions and did nothing to enforce animal cruelty law.
The NYPD Precinct #123 was called by advocates from all over the country begging and pleading for them to enforce the law. They stated that since the ASPCA felt that the conditions were satisfactory that they would do nothing, even though law enforcement of animal cruelty laws was handed over to the NYPD a year ago. We demand that the NYPD stand on their own two feet without depending on the advice of the ASPCA who has a reprehensible history of animal cruelty investigations in NYC.
Commissioner Bratton promised Kate Riviello personally that he was committed to enforcing animal cruelty laws. We have made repeated calls to headquarters to no avail. Therefore, a lawsuit will be filed by No Kill New York, Inc., against the NYPD for dereliction of duties.
We will wear red, wave signs and chant for Justice for Jake the Rottie in protest and demonstration.
And here is a link to our LIKE page on Facebook with a clip of our protest with our after thoughs: