No state funding to assist with legal animal seizures, shelters cover costs

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It’s National Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week and area shelters are happily adopting their fur home rescues. However, there is a burden on these organizations, and we reached out to find the latest information on the burden of costs they face.

“Right now, we’re really at capacity,” says Marguerite Pearson, director of marketing and communications, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

With the number of cases of animal abuse and neglect lately, says New York State Humane Association committee member Sue McDonough, the cops just can’t keep up.

“Unfortunately, when the police go through the academy, they learn the code of criminal procedure, criminal law and the highway code. They don’t learn about market law and agriculture,” McDonough said.

The cost continues to rise, but the funding does not. Without some form of help, State McDonough says the task is nearly impossible to handle.

“The police must bring a vet to the scene, which means the police department is required to pay the vet. A lot of police don’t have the funding for that,” McDonough says.

With nearly 350 animals seized or returned and cared for by the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands, one is sure to find their newest family member this week.

However, animals seized by the state and court-ordered in placement have no funding to assist in their placement and care.

“If we don’t get restitution from whoever is accused or not of what happened to these animals, we end up covering it up ourselves,” says Marguerite Pearson.

“These rescue groups and the Humane Society need to get state funding to cover the cost of caring for these animals or the police won’t be able to do their job,” McDonough said.

Pearson says the organization now has 8 new peace officers and a new director of outreach and human law enforcement to help assist with animal abuse and neglect cases.

“We had so many cases to deal with that we needed someone dedicated specifically to this task,” Pearson told News10.

“Our peace officers work hand in hand with law enforcement and animal control. So whenever a situation arises, we are called upon to enter and remove the animals and provide them with essentially all the care they need,” Pearson continued.

Pearson saying if you feel the need to care for your pet is too great, please contact the Humane Society in advance and they will help you as best they can. The sooner you recognize the problem, the sooner they can help you. Don’t just drop off your pet after hours. She says be patient they are here to help you.

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