Dogs seized, at least 1 arrested in animal cruelty raids on Long Island, in New York City

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Thursday, October 10, 2019
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NJ Burkett reports on the animal cruelty raids on Long Island.

UNIONDALE, Long Island (WABC) -- Dozens of dogs have been seized and at least one person arrested in a pair of raids on Long Island and in New York City Thursday morning.

Police wouldn't reveal many details other than to say the raids were part of a large-scale ongoing animal cruelty investigation.

Authorities raided a home on Cooper Street in Uniondale at dawn, seizing several dogs and arresting at least one person.

The animals appeared to be pit bull terriers, but that has not been confirmed, and they were all said to be alive even though their conditions were not released.

The investigation involved Nassau County police, the NYPD and the ASPCA, but details have not been confirmed, including whether the case involves a possible dog fighting ring or some sort of illegal breeding operation -- or some combination of the two.

The second raid happened on 162nd Street in Washington Heights, where 28 dogs were rescued.

The suspect has not been identified, and charges have not yet been announced.

The ASPCA released the following statement:

"The ASPCA, in conjunction with the NYPD Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad and the Manhattan District Attorney's office, is assisting in the removal, forensic evidence collection, medical care and sheltering of 28 dogs seized from a multi-scene investigation earlier today. This remains an ongoing investigation, and any additional questions should be directed to the Manhattan District Attorney's office."


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