ASPCA Presents Special Honor to Veterinarian for First Time
NEW YORK – For the first time ever, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) honored a veterinarian alongside members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and prosecutors for their efforts to help animals in New York City through the NYPD/ASPCA Partnership.
Inbal Lavotshkin, DVM, and the medical director at Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group South, was selected to receive the ASPCA honor for her efforts to provide critical care for animal cruelty victims in the New York City area.
“It is an absolute honor to be recognized by the ASPCA and it wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of our dedicated team here at VERG,” said Lavotshkin. “The ASPCA is an amazing organization with a storied history of providing lifesaving support for the animals of New York City. Together, we have been able to help countless pets and look forward to continuing this work as long as there are animals who are in need.”
Shevonne Johnson, the head receptionist at VERG, accepted Lavotshkin’s award on her behalf at the ASPCA’s Fourth Annual Appreciation Luncheon earlier this month. At the event, the ASPCA also recognized 14 members of the NYPD and three prosecutors for their commitment in helping to keep New York City’s animals safe.
“The ASPCA is honored to reflect not only on the contributions of our partners this year but throughout the past five years of this lifesaving collaboration between the ASPCA and NYPD,” said Howard Lawrence, Vice President of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement. “The ASPCA relies on dedicated professionals in the NYPD, prosecutors’ offices and the veterinary field, without whose contributions we could not continue our progress against animal cruelty in New York City.”
Launched in January 2014, the NYPD and ASPCA citywide partnership continues to have a considerable positive impact for New York City’s vulnerable animals. Since its launch, more than 3,200 animals have been treated through the partnership. We look forward to seeing continued success in helping rescue and protect those who need us most through our critical work with the NYPD.