NYPD to Team Up With Animals Rights Group

NEW YORK (AP) -

Beginning next year, the NYPD will partner with the ASPCA to handle animal cruelty complaints. Under the new collaboration, police will take the lead in responding to reports of animal abuse.

Currently, complaints are called in to an ASPCA hotline and its humane law enforcement unit investigates. With the new partnership, people will call 311 or 911. The partnership will begin with a pilot program in the Bronx on Sept. 1. It will be expanded citywide early next year.