Animal Cruelty

A Buffalo man who admitted to killing a dog while working as an animal daycare attendant in August is in trouble again.

Trump Signs Law Making Cruelty To Animals A Federal Crime

Nov 26, 2019

Cruelty to animals is now a federal crime under a new law signed by President Trump on Monday.

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) is a bipartisan initiative that bans the intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impalement or other serious harm to "living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians."

The law also bans "animal crush videos," meaning any photograph, motion picture film, video or digital recording or electronic image that depicts animal cruelty.

North Tonawanda Animal Control

The owners of an emaciated dog have been charged with animal cruelty and will not be getting back the animal.

A few weeks ago, a dog now known as Charlie was found inside a frigid garbage tote. Crimes like that across the state will see increased attention moving forward.  The District Attorney’s Association of New York is setting up a subcommittee in hopes to prevent and prosecute crimes against animals.

SPCA of Erie County

Charlie is sorry no more. The SPCA of Erie County is nursing a pitbull-terrier mix they named Charlie back to health, after Buffalo sanitation workers found him injured and emaciated in a garbage tote.

Animal Legal Defense Fund

New York is one of only 13 states where animal cruelty laws are not part of the penal code. That would change under a bill being considered in the state legislature.

National Public Radio

The New York State Senate has voted to prohibit any individual convicted of animal cruelty from working in animal shelters.


Marineland has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

National Public Radio

No more elephants under the big top in New York State.


Animal cruelty charges have been lodged against a Buffalo woman for postponing treatment after her Chihuahua was hit by a car.

Marineland Canada

A complaint that led Ontario's animal welfare agency to investigate Marineland accuses the tourist attraction of cruelty against several species.

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Evidence in a case of animal cruelty has snared another culprit.

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A judge on Tuesday sentenced horse owner Beth Hoskins to 90 days in jail for violating her probation. She was convicted last year of 52 counts of animal cruelty for the deplorable conditions at her Town of Aurora horse farm. 


The SPCA made a disturbing discovery Friday while carrying out a search warrant at a Getzville kennel. 

Jury acquits man charged with cruelty in dog killing

Sep 15, 2014

An Erie County Court jury has returned a not guilty verdict in the case of a Sloan man accused of aggravated animal cruelty in the killing of his dog.

Niagara County SPCA

The Niagara County SPCA has appointed a Peace Officer to help combat animal cruelty. The agent will fill a position that has been vacant due to budget constraints for two years.

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Beth Hoskins was sentenced in Aurora Town Court Thursday afternoon to three years probation, after being convicted on dozens of counts of animal cruelty for mistreating dozens of horses she owned

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Horse owner Beth Hoskins faces up to two years in jail when sentenced Thursday on dozens of animal cruelty convictions.  

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The woman accused of mistreating horses on her East Aurora farm has been found guilty on 52 counts.

Father and son charged in case of abandoned dogs

May 9, 2013

Two Wyoming County men, a father and his son, have each been charged with dozens of counts of animal abuse after 44 dogs were removed from a residence in the Town of Middlebury late last month.

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The discovery of a dog found tortured in Buffalo last month has led Assemblyman Sean Ryan to propose tougher sanctions for animal abuse.

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One of the two Buffalo teenagers involved with the burning of a Jack Russell terrier puppy in October pleaded guilty as charged in Erie County Court today to aggravated cruelty to animals.

Reward offered for information about starving dog

Dec 4, 2012

The animal rights group PETA has posted a reward for information leading to the person or persons responsible for a starving dog.  

Cattaraugus County SPCA accused of animal abuse

Sep 10, 2012
Photo provided by Morgan Dunbar, Animal Allies of Western New York

Protesters made their way to the doors of the Cattaraugus County SPCA in the town of Hinsdale Sunday to assail the agency's practices.

"Outright animal crulety," is the characterization provided by Morgan Dunbar of Animal Allies of WNY.

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The request for a mistrial in the case against Beth Lynne Hoskins has been denied.

Hoskins is facing 74 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in connection with horses housed at her East Aurora Farm. Presiding Justice Douglas Marky has determined that information introduced by the prosecution must be shared with the defense amidst other concessions to allow the trial to continue.

The progression of the case will be determined in court next week.

The former head of the Wyoming County SPCA has been charged with 20 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

Former manager Susan Davila was arrested by state police this morning in the wake of February 15 raids at the Wyoming County facility in Attica and the animal adoption center it ran at the Eastern Hills Mall. More than 300 cats were found in deplorable conditions in the South Creek Road Attica building and some needed emergency medical attention.

WBFO News photos by Mike Desmond

A computerized animal abuse registry for Erie County is inching closer. Legislators held a public hearing into the matter Thursday night at County Hall in downtown Buffalo.

Legislator Terry McCracken is proposing the registry so data on people with criminal convictions for animal abuse would be online for five years and could be checked by pet stores or animal welfare groups to prevent them from obtaining more animals through purchase or adoption.

Reports of animal mistreatment have led to a raid on a Cattaraugus County farm.

More than 70 animals were removed from the East Otto property owned by Jay D. Williams. Sheep, horses and chickens were found to be malnourished and neglected. Among the charges against Williams are two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Williams claims many of his animals were in poor shape when purchased at auction and that he was attempting to improve their condition.

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Dog lovers gathered at The Barkyard dog park on Buffalo's west side Tuesday to lend their support to State Senator Mark Grisanti's bill to create a central animal abuse registry

With The Barkyard dog park on Buffalo's west side as the setting, State Senator Mark Grisanti told more than a dozen chilly supporters Tuesday that he is introducing a bill in Albany to establish an animal abuse central registry. 

Convicted animal abusers will pay a heavy price, if a just-introduced local law makes its way through Old County Hall and the Rath Building successfully.

Legislator Terrence McCracken unveiled the measure at a news conference Thursday afternoon.  The proposed law would establish an online registry containing the names, addresses, ages, and facial photographs of those found guilty. The information would be publicly available.