NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Bronx woman has been charged with abandoning her dog after it was found tied to a fence in Parkchester, according to the ASPCA.
Patricia Reddick, 62, was arrested by ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement agents on Wednesday.
Back on June 23, a passerby called Animal Care & Control after finding a dog tied to a fence in a park near the intersection of Seward and Underhill avenues, officials said.
AC&C officers picked up the pooch, a 1-year-old Brittany spaniel mix named Marley, and took her to their facility in Manhattan.
That’s when the ASPCA was notified and Marley was transferred to the Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for an evaluation. Vets found that Marley was thin and slightly dehydrated, officials said.
After further investigation, the ASPCA found that Reddick had abandoned Marley and she was arrested, officials said.
“Marley was left to fend for herself, which in addition to being illegal, is a violation of the trust your pet puts in you,” Howard Lawrence, senior director of operations for the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department, said in statement.
Marley is now recovering at the hospital but will soon be available for adoption.
“Thankfully for Marley, a good Samaritan encountered her and contacted the appropriate authorities,” said Lawrence. “Marley will now have an opportunity to find a loving home.”
Reddick has been charged with one count of abandoning an animal, a misdemeanor. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
She is due in court in November.