Kent, N.Y. - Police are looking for the person or persons responsible for abandoning a small, male, Yorkshire terrier, approximately 4 to 6 years old, on a cold and snowy road near the intersection of White Pond and Farmer Mills. The Yorkie "was found huddled in a small black metal crate." Source.
The fact that the person or persons left the tiny dog inside of a doggie crate does not make the offense less egregious. He was still exposed - and, hence, vulnerable - to freezing temperatures.
Although the severity of the offense of pet abandonment and the consequences thereof vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, it is still a crime in all 50 states. In New York, the Agriculture and Markets Law, § 355, provides, in relevant part, that "A person being the … possessor, or having charge or custody of an animal, who abandons such animal, … is guilty of a misdemeanor…." A person convicted under this statute faces imprisonment of up to one year and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
There are legitimate reasons why state legislatures have enacted laws that make pet abandonment a criminal offense. Society deems such actions unacceptable and the law merely formalizes society's values. As such, the person or persons who have such little regard for a living, sentient being should face the consequences for his, her, or their actions.
Anyone with information about the abandoned Yorkie is urged to call the Putnam County SPCA (845) 520-6915.
The good news is that the little Yorkie is doing very well, according to Detective Ross with the Putnam County SPCA. Furthermore, Detective Ross reported that the SPCA has been inundated with adoption applications, and is confident he will be placed in a wonderful home.
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