A New York City District Attorney Richard Brown is doing something monumental for dogs: creating the city’s first-ever Animal Cruelty Prosecutions Unit.
The unit will look into various crimes, including dog fighting, neglect and abandonment of pets.
“While animal cruelty cases have been aggressively prosecuted by a number of different bureaus throughout our office in the past, we recognize that the time has come for a committed and dedicated unit,” Brown said in a statement. “Such criminal activity cannot be tolerated if we wish to be known as a civilized society.”
The agency will also be in charge of educating the public about animal abuse and detecting the signs a dog, or other animal, is being abused.
Veteran Queens prosecutor Nicoletta J. Caferri was appointed as the unit’s chief. Caferri has been involved in several animal abuse cases over the year, including the