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ASPCA Putting an End to Animal Abuse Unit

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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is closing the door on its Animal Abuse Unit.

For nearly 150 years, agents armed with badges and guns would go after anyone accused of animal cruelty.

But now that unit has lost its bite.

The ASPCA has now laid off almost all of its remaining agents and is transferring their power over to the NYPD.

A pilot program with officers responding to cases in the Bronx has been in place since September.

Supporters say it's a good move since the ASPCA has been struggling with the volume of abuse calls.

But critics fear cases could now get lost in the shuffle.

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