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After Dog's Death, SPCA Charges Carmel Woman with Animal Cruelty

Officials arrested a 26-year-old Carmel woman after Suzy, her emaciated 15-year-old mix breed, died. (Photo provided)
Officials arrested a 26-year-old Carmel woman after Suzy, her emaciated 15-year-old mix breed, died. (Photo provided)
A 26-year-old Carmel woman is facing a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after Suzy, her 15-year-old mix-breed dog, died. The animal was severely emaciated, according to officials.

Members of the Putnam County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department arrested the woman Thursday, after two weeks of investigation. She's accused of failing to provide sustenance and neglecting the animal.

"A Northern Westchester emergency veterinary hospital had contacted the Putnam County SPCA approximately two weeks ago regarding the alleged severely neglected dog, which ultimately expired in their emergency room," authorities said, adding that the owner brought Suzy in because she thought the animal had died. "The dog was found suffering from severe emaciation, infected pressure sores on its sternum and scabbed-over ulcers on its face and hind legs."

SPCA Chief Ken Ross called the incident "one of the worst cases of an emaciated animal" he has ever seen.

The defendant—who portrays herself as an avid animal lover, according to this Hudson Valley Reporter story—was processed at the Town of Carmel Police Department. Her arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 6 in Carmel Justice Court. 
rae December 13, 2013 at 06:12 PM
First of all Bless this poor dog as he crosses Rainbow Bridge....secondly, this disgusting poor excuse for a human being should be locked up and not given any food and left to ROT!....HOW DARE YOU TREAT GODS CREATURES LIKE THAT!...I know the Patch wanted others to see first hand the severity of the crime this Human Animal committed, but the picture is as disturbing as the crime that was committed. I just feel so bad for that poor animal and I really pray that there are not any other people that saw the condition of this poor animal earlier, and may have turned a blind eye.

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