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Putnam County woman charged with animal neglect for starving her aged dog

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Calling the starvation death of Suzy, a 15-year-old female mixed breed dog, one of the worst cases of emaciation they had ever witnessed, SPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers for Putnam County arrested the dog's owner, Kathryn DeStefano on Friday according to the Hudson Valley Reporter.

Two weeks ago, DeStefano had taken Suzy to the Westchester Emergency Veterinarian Hospital where personnel treating Suzy discovered open pressure sores and ulcers on the extremely emaciated dog.

As reported in the Southeast Patch, DeStefano brought the dog into the veterinary hospital because she thought the dog had died. Suzy died a short time later. DeStefano told the vet the dog had been eating, but still losing weight.

Chief Officer Ken Ross of the Putnam County SPCA stated this was the worst case he had ever seen of an emaciated dog.

DeStefano faces misdemeanor animal abuse charges for failure to provide sustenance and animal neglect, and should have taken the dog to a veterinarian before her condition deteriorated. She is scheduled to appear at the Carmel Town Court on Jan. 6.

Rest in peace Suzy.

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