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Case ID: 18854
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011

County: Onondaga

Disposition: Convicted
Case Images: 3 files available

Defendant/Suspect: Wendy D. Collins

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

Princess, the two-year-old pit bull who animal cruelty investigators said was starved by her owner, is continuing to improve medically.

"Princess is doing a lot better," said Paul Morgan, executive director of the Central New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "She's gained nine pounds."

The dog's spirits are up, he said, and she is walking.

The dog's owner, Wendy D. Collins, 32, of 1326 Oak St., is scheduled to appear 9:30 a.m. Nov. 28 in Syracuse City Court to answer misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.

The dog was discovered in a cellar by the landlord of the property and was seized by cruelty investigators on Nov. 1. She weighed 25 pounds when investigators scooped her up, half what she should weigh if she were healthy.

There was no food or water in the cellar when the dog was found. At the time, Morgan speculated that she may not have been fed for months.

Central New Yorkers responded generously to a call for donations to pay for Princess' medical treatment, Morgan said. He did not have an official number, but said that any money sent in for Princess that is not used will be put in a fund for the treatment of future abused animals the SPCA has to take in for medical treatment.

Case Updates

The owner of a pit bull at the center of a high profile animal abuse case has been sentenced.

Princess was found in a basement on Oak Street in Syracuse last November. She had been starved, and weighed only about half what she should have.

Her owner, Wendy Collins, pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to provide veterinary care. She was sentenced in Syracuse City Court Thursday to three years on probation.

Princess is doing very well. She has been adopted, and is now the "spokesdog" for the CNY SPCA's animal cruelty awareness campaign. She also got a visit from Animal Planet's Shorty Rossi when he visited the SPCA in January.
Source: CNYCENTRAL - April 19, 2012
Update posted on Apr 20, 2012 - 4:27PM 
A Syracuse woman accused of starving her dog failed to appear in court on Wednesday and a warrant has now been issued for her arrest.

Although a bench warrant has been issued for Wendy Collins, it's not yet active.

The SPCA found "Princess" in a basement at 1326 Oak St., Syracuse. They said the dog was about 25 pounds underweight and that she may have been starved for months.

The dog has made a full recovery since she was found.
Source: - Jan 11, 2012
Update posted on Jan 13, 2012 - 5:32PM 


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