The NYPD is rolling out a mobile command unit for its animal cruelty investigation squad.

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NYPD’s animal cruelty unit rolls out new mobile command truck

August 27, 2018 - 1:35 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Cops are rolling out a new tool in their fight against animal cruelty.

A $500,000 NYPD mobile command truck made possible thanks to a donation by the ASPCA will be dispatched to the scene of animal fighting and hoarding cases.

Lt. Adrian Ashby heads the NYPD's Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad, he said the truck will be paired with another vehicle where veterinarians can provide emergency care.

"They will take the animals in, they do an examination, they generate paperwork, and we can sit down, put it all together. If there's charges to be filed we can do everything here," he said.

Official say since the ASPCA joined forces with the NYPD to investigate animal cruelty cases 5 years ago, about 700 people have been arrested, and thousands of animals have been rescued from bad situations.