American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    You Have Four More Days to Drink Negronis for Charity

    We're advocates of starting dinner (or, hey, lunch -- we won't judge) with a civilized negroni, a crisp and bittersweet blend of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. We're advocates of having a couple more negronis after that, too, and not just because they make particularly good patio sippers this tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Bill de Blasio's Pledge to Abolish Horse-Drawn Carriages is Running Away From Him

    The smell of the Clinton Park Stables arrives before the sight of them, a mixture of straw and manure and horse sweat. It rises from the pavement of 52nd Street, just east of the Hudson River, across from De Witt Clinton Park, from which the stables take their name. The smell makes you swivel your h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    A Chat With Norm Augustinus, the Guy Holding the "Die de Blasio Die" Banner at Columbus Circle

    The carriage-horse debate has gotten rather heated lately, with animal rights activists and the de Blasio administration saying it's time for the practice to end, and carriage drivers, the Teamsters and Liam Neeson saying a ban on carriage horses will send the drivers into unemployment and the horse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Beastie Boys Square Is Probably Definitely Not Happening

    A plan to rename the intersection of Rivington and Ludlow Streets "Beastie Boys Square" received another set-back last night when Manhattan's Community Board 3 voted 5-1 against the motion. LeRoy McCarthy, whose idea was inspired by the iconic Paul's Boutique album cover, will now have one last sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    New York Times Reporter Rescues Mostly Frozen Turtle Outside Alleged Cockfighting Den

    The animals of Woodhaven, Queens had a pretty exciting few days. First, a team of state and local police, led by the Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office, busted up an alleged cockfighting ring, right before a Saturday-night bout. Hens and roosters were rescued from a basement in Queens, a pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Eight Arrested and 3,000 Birds Rescued As "Operation Angry Birds" Busts Cockfight in Queens

    On Saturday night, state police, investigators from the New York Attorney General's Office, and the Department of Homeland Security brought an end to a popular attraction held at an abandoned storefront in Queens: a cockfighting ring, where roosters raised in upstate New York and held at a pet store ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Uber Delivers Kittens to Newsrooms Around New York

    You may have heard that Uber is promoting their product with #ICanHazUberKitten day. No? Then allow us to explain the Internet's latest abomination thing: The mid-to-high-priceed digi-car service is ferrying kittens from office to office all day to promote its services and raise money for the ASPCA. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Couple Stocks Apartment With Guns, Drugs, Alligator, Obviously Gets Caught

    On Monday, Michael Volpe, 32, and Alisa Volpe, 25, were arrested in their apartment in Brooklyn's Gravesend neighborhood by the NYPD when the cops gained entry with a search warrant. No big deal, because this is the NYPD, and that's what they do. But when cops searched the apartment, they found an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    NJ Voters Actually Support Bill Requiring Dogs to Wear Seat Belts (Sigh)

    A bill proposed in the New Jersey State Legislature that would require animals to wear seat belts in the car has the support of the majority of voters, according to a recent poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind.According to the poll, conducted earlier this month, 45 percent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Reward For Long Island Scumbag Who Threw Puppy From Moving Car Now $25,000

    If getting an animal-torturing shit-bag off the streets isn't enough, there are now 25,000 more reasons to turn in the person who threw a 3-month-old puppy out of a moving car in Long Island over the weekend.We told you about "Joey" -- a 3-month-old pit bull -- on Tuesday, at which point the reward ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Six Very Important Interactions Between Rappers And Dogs

    As part of this weekend's Catalpa Festival, Snoop Dogg will slouch around Randall's Island to perform his debut album, Doggystyle, in its entirety. With the Doggfather being somewhat obsessed with all things canine, SOTC decided it was fine time to shed light on hip-hop's infatuation with dogs. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    First Rule Of Puppy-Fight Club: Don't Tell The Bronx District Attorney

    A Building superintendent at a Bronx apartment building was indicted yesterday for allegedly running a dog-fighting ring out of the basement of the building. At the time of his arrest, dozens of dogs -- in various stages of poor health -- were recovered.Additionally, authorities say 54-year-old Raul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Cat-Killing Father And Son Face Prison Time In Beating Death Of Own Cat

    You'd think that at ages 60 and 29, the prepubescent thrill of killing animals (most typically found in soon-to-be serial killers) would have faded. That, apparently, is not the case for a father and son in Brooklyn, who authorities say beat a cat to death and then tossed it in the road.Jean Rog Mur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Are Your Pets Safe on The Fourth of July?

    Fido and his furry friends don't like fireworks. Turns out, most pets find the flaming, colorful noisemakers completely terrifying. We had heard that animals didn't seem to like all of the ruckus of fourth of July celebrations, but it turns out that city pets risk injury -- so much so that the phe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2012

    Bronx Woman Arrested for Starving Her Pups

    No one likes a canine abuser so here's a story that most likely will not cheer up your Saturday.At the end of February, the Humane Law Enforcement responded to a complaint in the north borough by neighbors who had spotted two frail pups hanging around an apartment building on Webster Avenue. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Assemblymember Micah Kellner on The Companion Animal Access and Rescue Act (UPDATE)

    Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) isn't the only assemblymember sponsoring an animal shelter bill in Albany. Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan) is pushing a rival piece of legislation, which he says would do a better job of protecting stray cats and dogs. Kellner's Companion Animal Access and Rescue Act would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    In Defense Of Richard Ferrugio, Alleged Cat Bludgeoner...

    ​An Associated Press article made the Internet rounds over the weekend about a man who was arrested last week for allegedly beating a cat to death with a tire iron outside of a bar in Queens last month.As much as we'd like to vilify 39-year-old Richard Ferrugio for being the complete shit-bag he a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    The Horse-Drawn Carriage Debate Continues; Local Groups and Celebrities Call for a Ban

    Michelle D. Anderson​The effort to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City rages on. Another report of a carriage horse collapse in a two-week span has left animal-rights advocates -- including celebrities such as Glee's Lea Michele and Pamela Anderson -- with a renewed passion to end the u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2011

    "Pippa Butt Lift" Is Hot New Surgery Craze; Post Employees Ordered to Preserve Documents

    ​People are now asking, en masse apparently, for surgery to make their butts look like Pippa Middleton's. A plastic surgeon in Miami told Fox News that "ever since the royal wedding, Pippa Middleton has become the new queen of the booty! She opens the doors to those who did not know you could have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Snake Murdered by Fake Boob [Video]

    Where is the ASPCA? PETA? Someone?​Back on the Adorable Animals in Trouble beat this Monday, we've learned with horror of the tale of the model, the snake, and the poisonous silicone breasts that killed that poor snake when it reacted in the only way it could after Israeli model Orit Fox appea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Live: Alexander Robotnick And Thugfucker Celebrate The Dog & Pony Show's Birthday At Hotel Rivington

    Mr. Robotnick, not the retiring type. Pics by Chris, more below.​The Dog & Pony Show One-Year Anniversary Starring Alexander Robotnick, Thugfucker, and CCC Thor at the Rivington Hotel Sunday, February 27 Better Than: The ASPCA's Happy Hardcore Party at the Hotel Carter. Pulling in at the tai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Tying Up Your Dog and Leaving Him on the Street May Soon Be Illegal

    ​The good crusaders at Dogs Tied Up NYC (the local blog that takes pity on dogs whose owners tie them up outside by... taking photos of them and blogging about them!) may have reason to celebrate: amNY says the City Council is considering a law that would make it illegal to tie up dogs for mo ... More >>

  • News

    November 24, 2010

    Winter Guide: A Guide to 2010 Holiday Gifts

    For the Less Neiman Marcus-inclined. P.S. Get your damn hands off the ostrich!

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Williamsburg Madness: CrazyLady "Body Slams" Poor Doggie on Street in Front of Onlookers

    ​Everyone knows the water in New York is special, but what the hell is Williamsburg getting in their tap these days, exactly? Sure, the neighborhood is particularly prone to bouts of surreal madness even the most seasoned New Yorker finds themselves eye-rolling at, but shocking? Maybe five yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    A Week of Human Cheese; Is Your CSA a Ripoff?

    This week in food blogs... Eater compiled a list of the best headlines for stories about Daniel Angerer's breast milk cheese. FitR fave: "N.Y. Chef Keeps Abreast of Food Trends With Mother's-Milk Cheese." Grub Street reported that the ASPCA might have to send a "letter of disapproval" to Sushi Uo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    ASPCA Seizes 37 Cats from 1-Bedroom Apartment in Brooklyn

    Here's a pretty good New York Cat Lady: the ASPCA has found a woman living in a 1BR in an unspecified Brooklyn neighborhood (alas for our prejudices! We'd like to think it's Park Slope) with 37 cats. She is being allowed to keep two of her cats, while the rest are being examined for diseases and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2009

    Oreo, RIP

    ​Oreo, the pit bull terrier mix who survived a six-story fall from a Red Hook roof last summer, was euthanized by the ASPCA Friday despite protests, twitters, 2 death threats and over 2oo phone calls from animal lovers.

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Justice for Oreo: Alleged Dog Thrower Charged

    ​Oreo, the pit bull who was allegedly thrown from a Red Hook roof in June, is still nursing her considerable injuries, but may take some comfort from the fact that her alleged assailant, 19-year-old Fabian Henderson, has been indicted by the Brooklyn D.A.'s office for aggravated animal cruelty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    NYCHA: Pit Bulls, 26 Other Breeds Prohibited from the Projects

    If you live in the projects, starting May 1 there are 27 breeds of dog you will not be permitted to keep in your apartment, per a New York City Housing Authority decree. The local press naturally focuses on the pit bulls, rottweilers, and dobermans excluded by this policy, as these will stir in old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Brooklyn DA Nabs Killers in Vicious Cat Murder

    The vicious teen killers apparently had nothing better to do: On October 7, Angelo Monderoy, 18, and Matthew Cooper, 17, broke into a vacant apartment at 1933 Union Street. There, they allegedly lured the helpless victim inside. Pinning the innocent to the floor, the duo squirted lighter fluid all ... More >>

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    June 26, 2007
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    June 19, 2007

    To Catch a Thief

    Vigilantes set up sting operation to catch pigeon poachers

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    April 24, 2007

    The Conquering Hoard

    Sniffing Out Animal Lovers Who Care Too Much

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    February 6, 2007

    Hot to Bot

    Artists assemble wonderous machines with scavenged parts and scrappy know-how

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    October 17, 2006

    Oh My Goth!

    Born Under the Sign of Satyrn

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    August 30, 2005
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    April 19, 2005
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    October 26, 2004

    Cock of the Walk

    What Mr. Rooster said to Mrs. Hen and then there was talk of an egg

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    May 25, 2004

    Goodbye, Columbus

    I am wearing shorts, a tank top, and flip-flops. You will see why this is relevant.

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    December 30, 2003

    Pet Adoption

    Rescue Me-ow

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    June 10, 2003
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    March 19, 2002
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    October 3, 2000
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    September 26, 2000
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    September 12, 2000

    Horse Rules

    An ASPCA Campaign Is Saddled With Criticism

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    January 19, 1999

    Hack Work

    The Not-So-Quaint Lives of New York's Carriage Horses

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