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Letter: Officials indifferent to animal abusers

More dogs have now been removed from the

More dogs have now been removed from the Wallkill home of a woman accused of animal cruelty. (May 21, 2012) Credit: News 12 Westchester

Thank you for your coverage of justice for Roxie [“Reward increased in case of puppy found hanged,” News, April 27]. Many people will not forget the brutality this dog suffered at human hands.

Roxie is one of roughly 3,000 cruelty cases reported annually to the Suffolk County SPCA. Most never result in prosecution or fines.

Why is Suffolk so indifferent to this crime? The SPCA, police and district attorney’s office can’t possibly be uncaring. Why can’t they work together to investigate and punish offenders? We need a better animal abuse registry and a real animal crimes unit within the DA’s office.

Our indifference allows most abusers to simply move on to other animals, and even people, after being caught. I’ve seen this as an employee of the Smithtown animal shelter.

Kris Vann, Commack