New county SPCA chief sworn in

Former Troy Detective Sgt. leads SPCA after Tully steps down

Dave Dean is sworn in as the new chief humane officer by Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino on Tuesday, Jan3.

Dave Dean is sworn in as the new chief humane officer by Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino on Tuesday, Jan3. Submitted photo

— Dean commended Tully for his work at the SPCA and said he has “big shoes to fill.”

A recent accomplishment for the SPCA was being appointed the county animal control officers for the purpose of enforcing licensing and control of dogs. The agreement allows for revenue generated from fines to be split evenly between the county Sheriff’s Office and SPCA, with the SPCA’s half going towards further enforcement and the Sheriff’s Office’s share going into an account only used for housing animals.

Dean isn’t a newcomer to the SPCA because he has worked with the non-profit law enforcement agency for around two years. He said becoming active in a volunteer organization after retiring was important to him and the SPCA was a good fit.

“I really like the uniqueness of it frankly,” he said. “Everybody that is a part of the organization has no ulterior motives than to do the right thing in the best interest of animals. I really like that nobody collects a paycheck and it is 100 percent volunteer. It takes such a dedication for the volunteers to continue with the organization.”

Throughout his years at the Troy Police Department he said he saw “horror stories” of animal abuse and neglect.

“We are protecting and safeguarding animals that simply cannot do it for themselves,” he said. “They are at the mercy of humans and I like the fact that we are one of the safeguards to hold humans accountable to how they treat their animals.”

Since the agency is mostly run off of donations, Dean said he would focus on fundraising initiatives and recruiting more volunteers. Making sure people are aware of what the SPCA does is important, he said.

“It’s important to state that it is the community’s generosity that allows the SPCA to do what we do,” he said in a statement. “We are all volunteers and rely on donations to help us act upon and prosecute animal rights violation cases.”

He added he wants to break people out of thinking it is different when laws are applied to animals, because it is rooted in the same principles when applied to crimes against people.

“I am looking forward to working with the local towns and the local municipalities in Schenectady County and continuing the great relationship we have with them and becoming a true partner in reducing animal abuse and neglect,” he said.

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