The following are some examples of things that are defined as animal cruelty or neglect…
(courtesy of the Suffolk County SPCA)
What Defines Animal Cruelty? Animal cruelty is prosecuted under state law.
It’s a felony if a person intentionally or knowingly:
•tortures an animal;
•kills, seriously injures, or administers poison to an animal
•causes one animal to fight with another;
Conducting a cockfight, in which roosters are pitted against each other while spectators gamble on the outcome, would be covered in the state law, punishable by time in prison.
A number of other offenses under the law are Class A misdemeanors.
Among the misdemeanor offenses is failure to provide food, care or shelter necessary to maintain an animal in a state of good health
A severe example of that would be when an individual owns a large number of dogs, horses or cattle, and stops providing for them. Someone complains that the animals are malnourished and near starvation, and the animals are rescued and the owner prosecuted.