PUTNAM COUNTY SPCA TO HONOR SENATOR GREG BALL AT ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER

 

    Brewster, N.Y – 10/01/2013 – The Putnam County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has picked New York State Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) to be honored at its 3rd Annual Fundraising Dinner on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Four Brothers Restaurant in Mahopac.

    “The Putnam County SPCA represents a voice for our furry little friends, creatures who cannot speak for themselves. They work tirelessly everyday to ensure the safety and well being of animals throughout Putnam County. I am extremely thrilled to be this year’s Putnam County SPCA honoree,” said Senator Greg Ball, “I am proud to host an annual Animal Advocacy Day in Albany to enable animal supporters to network, share information and lobby their legislators to raise awareness of the need to protect pets and people from abuse. As a result of this yearly event we have successfully passed “Charlemagne’s  Law”, legislation that improves the health and quality of life of animals by providing pet dealers with updated standards of care. This coming legislative session I will continue my fight to create a statewide animal abuse registry to prevent repeat animal abuse offenders throughout New York State. Those who commit crimes against animals represent some of the worst kind of people, and often expand their carnage to their neighbors and the larger community.”

    “Every day the Putnam County SPCA responds to and investigates calls of suspected animal cruelty throughout Putnam County. We have seen where the laws work and where they fall short. It is important to have a representative in Albany, such as Senator Ball, who will listen to those who deal with and enforce the current laws,” said Chief Ken Ross of the Putnam County SPCA. “That open communication can only help in the formulation of laws that work and ultimately aid in the prevention of cruelty to animals.”

    The Putnam County SPCA provides its services throughout Putnam County, enforcing the animal cruelty statutes in an effort to prevent animal cruelty. Through its 24 hour Cruelty Hotline, it responds and investigates calls of suspected animal cruelty. Given statutory “police powers”, officers of the Putnam County SPCA attempt to resolve issues of animal cruelty by issuing Notices To Comply, Summonses, and through Arrest. These officers also serve as a resource to all police agencies within Putnam County as well.

    The Putnam County SPCA provides shelter and medical care to animals seized pursuant to arrests in cruelty cases. Once the court case is resolved and the animal is healthy, the Putnam County SPCA then makes the animal available for adoption. Officers are also available to make presentations to schools and other interested groups through their Humane Education course. Officers also aid in the teaching of the animal cruelty module to new police cadets at the Westchester County Police Academy and the New York City DEP Police Academy in Kingston, NY. Also, SPCA officers are mindful of the direct correlations between animal cruelty and child abuse, elder abuse, gang activity and the gateway to more violent crimes.

    Officers of the Putnam County SPCA answered over 1,000 calls in 2012. A large number of these calls were reporting suspected animal cruelty. Officers also give guidance and assistance to callers seeking direction and information.

    The importance of the Annual Fundraiser Dinner is to raise much needed funds for the Putnam County SPCA. As a not-for-profit, the Putnam County SPCA relies solely on public support in the form of monetary donations to continue its important mission. It receives NO funds, directly or indirectly from any government agency or the ASPCA.  Without the generosity of the public supporting such fundraisers as the annual dinner and tables set up outside of local stores and businesses, the work of the SPCA would cease.

    The Putnam County SPCA has decided to honor New York State Senator Greg Ball this year because of his efforts in the New York Senate to help enrich the lives of animals, not only in Putnam County, but throughout New York State.  His work in strengthening Buster’s Law, making stiffer penalties for pet stores selling sick animals, and by drawing attention to animal welfare on Animal Advocacy Day are all signs of a leader who cares about animals. The Putnam County SPCA, an agency actively involved in the enforcement of the animal cruelty laws, especially appreciates the Senator’s Animal Advisory Council which allows groups concerned with laws affecting the well-being of animals a means to voice their concerns or support of pending bills which the Senator will eventually vote on.  This open forum for the exchange of ideas where the Senator can truly see how each bill will effect enforcement of animal cruelty or help solve existing problems is truly the Senator taking the time to listen to those he represents.

    The Putnam County SPCA is a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation which receives no funding from any government agency or the ASPCA.  Our mission is to prevent cruelty to all animals by enforcing the NYS cruelty statutes by our countywide humane law enforcement department, providing medical care and shelter to abused animals and providing Humane Education to schools and other interested groups.  We exist solely on donations of supporters who care about animals and how they are treated.  Given law enforcement powers by the State of New York, the Putnam County SPCA responds to calls of suspected animal cruelty throughout Putnam County.

    For more information contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796.

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