Zaza the Pit Bull Mix Reports for Duty with NYPD Commissioner Bratton

Today New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner William Bratton joined the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) in highlighting the importance of pet adoption by inviting a special canine to join him on the job at One Police Plaza for Take Your Dog to Work Day. Zaza, a two-year-old pit bull mix, joined Commissioner Bratton during his Friday morning routine which included accompanying him to a promotion ceremony and press conference. Zaza was one of two dogs rescued by officers from Brooklyn’s 63rd Precinct in April 2016. She was bone-thin when police discovered her living in filthy conditions with another underweight, female pit bull mix. Zaza was suffering from an infection in both ears that caused severe swelling and a skin infection between her toes. After months of treatment, Zaza is ready for a loving, safe home. “Today’s visit from Zaza highlights the success of the NYPD’s partnership with the ASPCA that has been proven by the countless animals saved throughout New York City,” said Police Commissioner William Bratton. “The Department’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad was created in 2014 to have NYPD detectives lead investigations into animal cruelty cases, that has resulted in an increase in arrests and rescues. With the use of the Crime Stoppers program, one of our newest tools to fight animal cruelty, the public can now easily and anonymously provide information about animal abuse.” “The NYPD/ASPCA partnership has saved hundreds of animal victims from suffering in silence,” said Howard Lawrence, Vice President, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement. “It is incredibly important that New Yorkers continue to report animal cruelty and open their hearts and homes cruelty survivors, like Zaza, who deserve a second chance for a loving, safe home.” Now in its third year, the NYPD/ASPCA partnership continues to have a considerable positive impact for New York City’s vulnerable animals. Since the partnership launched citywide in January 2014, there have been triple-digit increases in arrests and animals treated. Photos and text courtesy of ASPCA Photos by Stacey Axelrod, ASPCA

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