They actually made cruelty to animals a felony last year in Assachusetts, but ABPO is still a misdemeanor. :roll:2-Delta";p="60356 said:I may be wrong but I believe there are states where cases of animal abuse become criminal and even felonies while here in Mass I think most are misdemeanors. With that said, I think those guys in NY and MI probably have more recourse for punishment on a daily basis. But I may be completely wrong in which case disregard me.
quality617";p="60776 said:They only have powers of arrest when dealing with animal cruelty laws. They do not attend a full time academy. They cannot make m/v stops.
We have 9 officers for the entire state, we also have limited powers of arrest (22c57) but we are the only humane LE department in the country that employs full time academy trained officers. And if anyone wants to throw any money in the kitty, then keep it in the state and throw it over here, because we also receive no federal, state, or local funding.
BTW, if you notice, you don't see the NY ASPCA officers on the show anymore. Thats because when the show took off, they wanted contracts, extra pay, basically star treatment. The show told them 'no'.
Thats Fido 5-0, you tool.j809";p="60809 said:
Up until November, the only felonies we had involving animals were when they were involved in fighting. ch272 s77 was amended effective November 17 changing it from a misd to a felony.POPCOP";p="60825 said:In New Hanpshire all crimes involving animal cruelty are felonies.