Police say the animal cruelty charges stem from the officers using retractable batons to kill porcupines while on duty, The Courier-Gazette newspaper reported. A third officer videotaped the killings and shared them to Snapchat groups, the newspaper reported.
A prosecutor didn’t return a message from The Associated Press seeking details.
Both former police officers are working with the union that represents them to appeal their dismissals.
Paperwork filed in court in Rockland didn’t indicate whether either officer had an attorney. The AP was unable to locate phone numbers for either of the officers.