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SPCA expands services to Schoharie County
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SPCA expands services to Schoharie County

The animal law enforcement agency formerly known as the Schenectady County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, has announced that they will be expanding heir services into Schoharie County and changing their name.

The agency will now be known as the Schenectady, Schoharie and Saratoga County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The expansion increases the agency’s coverage area from 206 square miles to 1,676 square miles.  The organization has begun a recruitment drive to bring on additional Peace Officers and other volunteers needed to service these communities.  The SPCA has released details of its 2011 Humane Law Enforcement Academy schedule which will take place from April 11, 2011 through June 23, 2011.  They are asking all interested parties to apply.

Currently, the SPCA has twelve volunteer law enforcement officers that independently maintain and operate an animal abuse and neglect hotline and also collaborate with law enforcement agencies to conduct criminal investigations, execute search warrants, and make arrests for misdemeanor and felony violations of New York State’s Animal Cruelty Laws.  Their services are intended to help existing law enforcement agencies that do not have the manpower or the resources to prioritize animal cruelty cases.

The SPCA will be holding an orientation meeting for people interested in applying to the 2011 Humane Law Enforcement Academy.  The meeting will take place March 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the law offices of Tully Rinckey PLLC, located at 441 New Karner in Colonie.

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