Albany County will prosecute animal cruelty cases with the help of newly outfitted animal abuse response vehicle that legislators, top law enforcement officials and others formally dedicated Monday at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands.
Members of the Albany County Legislature joined District Attorney David Soares, Sheriff Craig Apple and Mohawk Hudson Humane Society officials to show off the fully equipped emergency response van, which will allow investigators and veterinarians to readily respond to the needs of injured and abused animals and collect important evidence.
The van was purchased in January through Soares’ “Making Crime Pay Program,” or seized funds. The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society raised about $30,000 to equip the response van with mobile veterinary equipment, medical supplies and other special hardware, making it a perfect mobile unit for responding to cases of animal neglect and hoarding.
Sheriff Apple, Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners and 12 legislators from both political parties donated a total of $5,000 to complete the project. County Legislator Paul Burgdorf and his wife made a significant contribution. No taxpayer money was used. Attending from the legislature’s Democratic majority on Monday were Chairman Sean Ward, Gary Domalewicz, chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee, Paul Miller and Lynn Lekakis.
“This van will help us better respond to emergencies involving animals,” Domalewicz said. “I am excited to be a part of the project. It shows what we as public officials can accomplish when we work together.”