Man Charged with Cruelty to Animals

Allegedly left dogs in hot car

By Michael Turton

A Brooklyn man was arrested in Cold Spring last month and charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals.

William Toonk, 35, is alleged to have left two dogs, a pit bull and a puggle, unattended in a vehicle in front of 50 Main St. on a day (July 3) when temperatures in the village reached 93 degrees. According to the Cold Spring Police Department, the arrest was made at 1:25 p.m.

Toonk also was charged with two other misdemeanors: criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, police said. Officer-in-Charge Larry Burke said Toonk posted bail and was released.

In a separate incident in July, Cold Spring police arrested a male on charges of possession of marijuana. Burke declined to identify the man.

Burke reported the arrests at the Cold Spring Village Board meeting on Aug. 14. He also noted that two CSPD vehicles have been equipped with dashboard cameras provided by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department at no cost to the village, and that his officers issued 80 parking and 20 traffic tickets during the month.

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