Terrier mix found in Fahnestock Park restroom
The Putnam County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department is seeking information in regards to the abandonment of a small white terrier dog, possibly a maltese mix, in the Pelton Pond Women’s restroom. Pelton Pond is located off Route 301 within Fahnestock State Park, in the Town of Kent. On the morning of Nov. 22, the Town of Kent Dog Control Officer was dispatched to the location after park employees found the dog inside a plastic crate in the restroom.
The dog was examined at the Carmel Animal Hospital and found to be in a severe state of neglect. Both of the dog’s ears are severely infected. The dog’s fur was heavily matted causing extreme discomfort and preventing the dog from defecating. The dog is also considered underweight and believed to be approximately 3 to 4 years old and un-neutered.
Due to the animal’s severe state of neglect and its apparent abandonment, the Putnam County SPCA is investigating this as a criminal case. Officers of the SPCA ask that anyone having information as to the person(s) responsible for this to contact the SPCA on their 24-hour Animal Cruelty Hotline, 845-520-6915, or through the SPCA website, spcaputnam.org. All information will be kept confidential.
Animal cruelty is a class A misdemeanor in New York state carrying a sentence of up to one year in jail, or a fine up to $1,000 or some combination of the two. Abandonment of an animal is an unclassified misdemeanor in New York state carrying a sentence of up to one year in jail, or a fine up to $1,000 or some combination of the two.