Police Commissioner O’Neill Visits Animal Cruelty Victims Rescued Through ASPCA/NYPD Partnership

Innovative collaboration saw nearly 1,000 victimized animals treated in 2016; NYPD seeking leads in open case

NEW YORK — On Tuesday, New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James P. O’Neill visited several animal cruelty victims recovering at ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Manhattan facilities.

ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker welcomed the NYPD’s new commissioner to the organization’s animal hospital, adoption center, and Canine Annex for Recovery and Enrichment (CARE) to see how animal cruelty victims are nursed back to health following abuse. In 2016, the ASPCA provided veterinary, behavioral, forensic, and placement services for nearly 1,000 animals who were brought in through the groundbreaking ASPCA/NYPD partnership, now entering its fourth year.

During his visit, Commissioner O’Neill met Charlotte, an approximately 2-year-old, female Maltese-Poodle mix who was found severely injured and abandoned inside a garbage can in the Bronx in December 2016. Over the past month, Charlotte has received extensive medical treatment at both the ASPCA Animal Hospital and its partner, Animal Medical Center of NYC. She has recovered partial mobility, but more observation and care is required. NYPD Crime Stoppers issued a reward of up to $2,500 for information in this open case.

“The lifesaving impact of the ASPCA/NYPD partnership is routinely reflected in the number of victimized animals cared for by the ASPCA,” Bershadker said. “We look forward to continuing this work with Commissioner O’Neill to save more animals like Charlotte from violence and suffering, and help create safer communities for people and their pets.”


About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.