The Humane Society of Greater Rochester at Lollypop Farm announced the arrest of Brett D. Neil of 90 Resolute Street in Rochester, N.Y. on Tuesday afternoon for misdemeanor animal cruelty in the alleged mistreatment and abuse of a one-year-old German shepherd named Princess.
Through social media pressure, humane advocates, and a neighbor who videotaped three disturbing minutes of Neil allegedly spraying the dog with water and then striking her at least three times with a rake is the culmination of an extended amount of time witnesses have complained about alleged abuse to the young dog.
According to Lollypop Farm's Facebook page, Neil is charged with animal cruelty under Section 353 of the NY Agriculture and Markets law for torturing and injuring an animal.
Reno DiDomenico, Director of Law Enforcement at the Humane Society of Greater Rochester stated:
“As a small SPCA agency with just three officers and funded solely by donations from the community, we don’t have access to the same resources as municipal police or sheriff agencies. Despite the noble intentions of our animal-loving community, constant demands for action outside of the scope of the law and interference in investigations jeopardize our ability to build cases that may ultimately bring animal abusers to justice in the courts.”
Princess is now in the custody of the Humane Society and will be examined by a staff veterinarian.
Neil is expected to appear in court at Rochester on Thursday, October 24. If found guilty, Neil faces a one-year jail sentence or a $1,000 fine.
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