In a very disturbing act of animal neglect, cruelty and abuse, authorities released a photo on Wednesday of the couple who allegedly left their dog starve and freeze to death early last month. Authorities believe the two people pictured may have been the owners of “Luna” – a dog found behind a city owned abandoned property in Newburgh, New York. According to the Hudson Valley News, the pit bull was frozen and had starved to death in a locked crate in the Orange County city.
A joint investigation with the City of Newburgh Police Department and the Hudson Valley SPCA continues, hoping to capture the responsible person(s) in the heinous and heartless crime. The photo, supplied by police, is from a security camera and is of poor quality, but it is hoped someone recognizes them – either the way they are standing or via their blurry facial photos.
Neighbors along Carter Street were the ones to call police. Area resident Anthony Denizard made the heartbreaking discovery and partially blames the city of Luna’s death. On his Facebook page, Anthony tells the story:
“At 3:30 today my neighbor called me concerned about a horrible smell coming from behind a building owned by the City of Newburgh. As we head over searching for source of smell, we found a cage covered with Plywood and inside we found an abandoned dead dog. And it looks like his death was caused by cold and hunger. We could tell he has been dead for a few days. It’s such a disgrace. Apparently there were many times this dog could have been helped since City of Newburgh worker/s have come to the place many times to check on the property or do maintenance. But it looks like they did not walk to the back nor checked property in its entirety at all. It seems they only paid attention to the front of the property, since we saw them parked on the front of the house multiple times! Other neighbors could have helped the dog and set him free had he not been covered with plywood. This is indignant-my anger and feelings about all this are hard to explain in words! I’m going to ask aggressors to take a moment and place themselves inside the cage and experience feeling Helpless, hopeless and hope for a stranger to come and help you before your time runs out. This is such an atrocity to dogs! Please advocate to stop this crimes towards dogs and report of such doings to the local authorities.”
Rest in peace Luna. We are sorry humans failed you so badly. On the Hudson Valley SPCA Facebook, one person commenting, stated they have seen these homeless people holding up signs begging for money. A $2,000 reward is now being offered in the case.
(Photo of Luna – left their dog starve via Anthony Denizard Facebook)
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