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April 18th, 2012

Diana declares April Animal Cruelty Month

Goshen - Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana proclaimed the month of April 2012 as Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month in Orange County to raise public awareness in hopes of eliminating cruelty to animals by promoting responsible pet care and reporting their abuse and neglect, which is every 10 seconds according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

“My dog Cuba is a joy to me and my family,” said County Executive Diana. “Happy and healthy pets contribute to the great quality of life we have here in Orange County, and it’s important that we care for them properly and report animal abuse to law enforcement agencies.”

Diana thanked the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement agencies, as well as the Warwick Valley Humane Society for working together - year round - to investigate, alleviate and prosecute animal abuse cases.

The Warwick Valley Humane Society, Inc. (WVHS) is a not for profit corporation of the State of New York. Founded in 1954, they have operated the Warwick Animal Shelter since 1968.

Orange County opened its first dog park during the fall of 2007 at Thomas Bull Memorial Park. This fenced-in off-leash area is approximately 1.5 acres and features separate areas for “Small Dogs” and “All Dogs,” water fountains, benches and shaded areas. It is a great venue for dogs to socialize and exercise. The dog park is open to the public, seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
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