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New task force to tackle animal abuse in Otsego County

OTSEGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — Law enforcement agencies in Otsego county are teaming up with the Susquehanna SPCA in Cooperstown to help crack down on animal cruelty.

The SPCA, Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, and Otsego County District Attorney’s Office have formed a new task force to deal with the growing problem.

“Unfortunately we’ve seen an increase in animal cruelty cases,” Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin said. “This has always been something for the last few years we’ve talked about, so we felt it was time, and we want to have some sort of standardization and training in the way we handle things.”

The task force wants to in part emphasize education for the public to teach them how to spot animal cruelty cases and who to contact.

“The goal of this is to have an educational program that we can hopefully get to the root and end animal cruelty, but also when we do suspect animal cruelty, a proper system in place to address it quickly,” said Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

If you have any questions about animal cruelty or suspect there may be an animal cruelty case, call Susquehanna SPCA at (607) 547-8111.

If you see animal cruelty occurring, call your local law enforcement agency.

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