Long Island woman charged with abandoning Shih Tzu in crate on side of highway

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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28 replies
    • Claudia Popham says:

      She needs to do some serious crate time at the side of the highway and then throw the book st her.

  1. debor33 says:

    I hope they throw the book at her for 2 reasons….one for not taking care of the little pups veterinary needs and the other for leaving the precious pup on the highway, probably scared to death…

  2. Pennysdachshund says:

    NOW IF the Chief I REALLY an UPSTANDING OFFICER and CITIZEN HE will MAKE DAMN SURE THIS POS BITCH NEVER OWNS A S much as A MAGGOT in HER ENTIRE LIFE SPAN ( WHICH HOPEFULLY will be a SHORT ONE)!!! Kudos!!! to the person who picked this little one up and saw it was SAFE!!!

    • ellen cottone says:

      Roy Gross and his wife are like batman and robin in suffolk county, More people are sitting out prison terms in Riverhead long island for crimes against animals In Suffolk County then Naussa County and Queens. In Suffolk Every one is entered into the NY as well as the New FBI animal Abuse database. Suffolk County SPCA is progressive in conviction and Nothing Gets by this Knight in Shining Armor.

  3. Red says:

    Well hopefully if “animal cruelty will not be tolerated” then Chief Gross and the courts will make this MONSTER pay. She is useless, worthless, and needs karma to get her in addition to the courts!!

  4. Nelliebell says:

    Why wait until July making it possible for her to leave the State.

    This abuser needs to be locked in a cage i.e. 3 hots and a cot motel.

  5. barb says:

    what an asshole!! I hope she get jail time but I know she wont. The sentence should at least include never being able to own a pet ever again.. Scumbags like that do not care about the welfare of animals so she should never be allowed to be around them.

  6. Barkley's Mom says:

    So what was the reason to abandon this poor dog like this? Yvette O’Connor needs a punishment worthy of the crime, lets put her in a crate and leave her by the side of the road and see how she likes it!

  7. ellen cottone says:

    Look at how Quickly, Suffolk County Folk Gave up a name and a where abouts.

    Chief Roy Gross and The suffolk County Police must have scared the shit out of her when they came banging on her door.
    Roy Gross you are one busy guy. You dont put up with any of it.
    You are truly the champion of the Long Island Under Dogs.

  8. Diana says:

    I wish people would know when they have a dog ? It’s their responsibility to take care of it! I HATE humanity sometimes …

  9. Jhamila Rauch says:

    This makes me so mad and sad here this knuckle head had a beautiful dog and my boys and I trying to get one but pricey smh I can’t stand this!! Hopefully the dog gets a much better home

  10. linda says:

    I hope Chief Roy Gross keeps his word! Obviously the dog was severely neglected….matted fur. Bad karma must follow ALL animal abusers!

    • ellen cottone says:

      This man takes his job seriously.Hes Praise worthy . If you have 3 dead birds on your front lawn. And you call to report it, He answers his own phone And they investigate it and document it. This man gets seizure warrents, for lizzards. Hes in the news weekly on long island. Because he really lives the life,
      of an animal police man

  11. Nancy Raymond says:

    Yvette O’Connor needs to have her ugly head stuffed in a toilet and flushed over and over and over. She is a despicable vile bitch and I hope Chief Ron Gross lives up to his reputation for the safety of animals. We need many many more officers like him. Thanks to the good Samaritan who rescued this little dog and may this abused and abandoned animal get the safe loving home he definitely never had. Man – I’d LOVE five minutes with this subhuman c-nt.

  12. Bunny Peters says:

    Glad this POS was found and punished. She will burn in Hell forever for her cruelty to this little treasure……

    At least she left this little treasure in a crate and in an “obvious place” to be found (as opposed to running loose by the side of a busy freeway where she would have been run over or hidden in the woods where she would have been a potential “prey item” to snakes, cougers, coyotes, large birds of prey…..)…..

    I do NOT condone her actions, I absolutely think what she did was terrible but I am very glad a Good Samaritan found this little treasure and got her help…….

    I hope this little treasure heals completely and is rehomed into a new furever home where she will be a beloved and treasured family member!!!


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