Melani Freeman faces three counts of animal cruelty after authorities acted on a report the woman had an undernourished dog chained in the attic at her former residence located at 2426 Genesse St. in Syracuse, N.Y. reports Saturday's Syracuse News. com.
On Tuesday, a five-year-old boxer and pit bull mix was discovered tied to a post in Freeman's attic. The dog named Coco weighed only 40 pounds; she should weigh at least 65 pounds.
Freeman had moved out of the home and abandoned the dog with no food or water. One week later, the landlord found the dog as he inspected the property and called authorities.
The executive director of CNY SPCA, Paul Morgan states the dog is being evaluated by a veterinarian, and is slowly being fed to help her gain weight.
Freeman has been charged with improper confinement of a dog, failure to provide medical help to a dog, and failure to provide sustenance. Her court date is set for later this month.
Coco is being fed four times a day. It will probably take weeks before Coco will be able to go to a foster home. If you would like to follow Coco's progress and donate to her recovery, please click here.
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