Category Archives: 2008 News

SPCA Works to Protect Animals

The Schenectady County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a nonprofit law enforcement organization that serves Schenectady, Schoharie and Southern Saratoga counties to investigate complaints of animal cruelty. Founded in 2007, the Schenectady County SPCA is … Continue reading

Cocoa Mulch Dangerous for Dogs

How sweet it isn’t: Homeowners need to be aware that spreading cocoa-bean mulch in their gardens can be toxic to dogs. “Dogs are attracted to the fertilizer’s sweet smell, but the mulch is too much for them to handle,” says … Continue reading

Police Take Cat Killings Seriously

Troy police detectives have been assigned to find out who killed a cat that appears to have been tortured and possibly shot in the head with a nail gun. Police began investigating after finding the cat in a tarp at … Continue reading

Schenectady County SPCA Provides Background on Buster’s Law

A sickening story for any animal lover – another cat is found mutilated in Troy. For the second time in just over a month, police are investigating a case of animal abuse. This time, the animal was found on the … Continue reading

SPCA Warns Dog Owners of Toxic Fertilizer

Schenectady County SPCA officials are warning dog owners of the potential harm associated with using cocoa bean mulch as fertilizer. The mulch, made of cocoa bean shells, can be toxic to dogs if eaten in large quantities. In 2007, the … Continue reading

Peace Officer Recruits Ready for Graduation

The 2008 Schenectady County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is getting ready to graduate its first class of peace officers. Before that, however, the group had to take part in some hands-on training. The 13 recruits were … Continue reading

New Team of ‘Peace Officers’ Ready to Combat Crimes Against Animals

Schenectady County has a team of new ‘peace officers’ to catch crimes against animals. The “Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” graduated 11 members last night. They carry guns and can arrest people just like police officers – … Continue reading

SPCA Chief’s Wife Fulfills Desire to Further Agency Mission as Peace Officer

The Schenectady County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has added a second full-time peace officer to its staff. Kimberly Tully, 30, the wife of Matthew Tully, the county SPCA’s chief humane law enforcement officer, graduated last week … Continue reading

SPCA Forms in Schenectady County

Dogs and cats in Schenectady County got a little safer earlier this month when the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals approved the creation of a branch society in Schenectady. With the recognition, the Schenectady County Society … Continue reading

Officers Going on Patrol for Pets

Animals in Schenectady County just got a whole lot safer. Before this year, five Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officers worked in upstate New York. Now, following the creation of the Schenectady County SPCA, there are plans … Continue reading