In Long Island, New York, a woman was charged with two charges of animal cruelty and abandonment on Sunday for allegedly leaving her two-year-old Shih Tzu in a metal cage on the side of a highway.
According to Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk County SPCA, a passerby spotted the dog sitting in its cage perched on a guardrail on the south side of Sunrise Highway in Babylon on April 14. The good Samaritan picked up the severely matted dog and brought it to a veterinary clinic. With the public’s help, the investigation led to the arrest of Yvette O’Connor, 39.
O’Connor is scheduled to appear in First District Court in Central Islip on July 17.
“Animal cruelty will not be tolerated in Suffolk County,” Chief Roy Gross said. “The real hero here is the good Samaritan who found the dog and took it to a clinic.”
(Photo of Long Island woman alleged to have abandoned dog via Facebook) The Shih Tzu has been reported doing well.
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