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Case ID: 18174
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011

County: Putnam

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Lynne C. Schiller-Petti

A town woman faces a misdemeanor animal-cruelty charge after an animal-control officer found her male pit bull dog roaming in town with a collar from an "invisible fence" embedded in its neck.

The dog owner, Lynne C. Schiller-Petti, 49, of 612 Route 6N, was charged Wednesday with animal cruelty and will have to appear at Carmel Town Court at later date.

The way in which the collar was embedded caused investigators to theorize that the collar was on the dog so long that his neck may have grown around it, an obvious case of cruelty, Putnam County SPCA Chief Ken Ross said

Carmel Animal Control Officer Krickett Dyckman found the dog roaming in the area of Route 6N on Tuesday night and took it to the Mahopac Animal Hospital after seeing the collar, which is used to give electric shocks to the dog when it leaves its property, deeply embedded in the dog's neck.

A veterinarian removed the collar, which had a PetSafe logo on it, and found three infected wounds that extended deep into the dog's neck. The three wounds matched the three electric prongs on the collar.

The dog, named Zeus, was seized by officers with the Putnam County SPCA and is being treated with antibiotics, Ross said today. It will remain for now in the custody of the SPCA.


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