A woman in Deer Park was arraigned yesterday for abandoning her lab mix after two shelters told her they currently had no room but would put her on a waiting list.
She received a misdemeanor animal crime charge after going to both shelters and then driving to Syosset and dumping the dog. She chose Syosset as she "knew it was a nice area and she hoped someone would find him," the investigator noted.
A passerby found the dog and took him to Jericho Animal Hospital. "Leaving an unleashed dog to roam free near a roadway is not only a crime, it is dangerous to motorists, to the public and to the animal involved," acting District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement.
The dog, named Teddy, suffered a foot injury, and one toe had to be amputated.
Let this show that animal overpopulation in shelters is a huge problem, and so many mistreat their animals. Animal protection laws need to be improved, and violators need to receive harsher punishments. Luckily the perpetrator was caught in this instance and is now suffering due to it.