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Brad Shear is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, the oldest and largest animal protection organization in New York’s Capital Region.  He has worked in the animal protection field since 1996 and has been the Director of the Society since April 2007.  

Humane Society

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a law increasing the civil and criminal penalties for buyers and sellers in the illegal trade of ivory. The law bans the sale of elephant an mammoth ivory and rhinoceros horns with some exceptions for antiques at least 100 years old that contain small amounts of ivory. It is estimated that the ivory trade results in the slaughter of 96 elephants a day, but the New York State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, Brian Shapiro, says there is another dark side that most people don't understand.

Office of the Orange County Executive

A county executive in the Hudson Valley has proclaimed a day for homeless animals.

Southern Dogs Get Another Chance In Springfield

Apr 25, 2013

For several years, prospective pet owners in the Northeast have had the option to adopt dogs from south of the Mason-Dixon line. Reporter Tyler Unwin takes a look at the Dixie Dog Program, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

"The Little Squirrel" by Dave Lucas

HOLLEY, N.Y. (AP) — A weekend squirrel-shooting contest pits Upstate against Downstate.

State Sen. Tony Avella of Queens and animal-rights activists are among those urging the Holley Fire Department to call off its annual "squirrel slam" fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday.