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Case ID: 20015
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: reptile, dog (pit-bull), rodent/small mammal (pet)
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Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

County: Westchester

Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 1 files available

Alleged: Elizabeth Martinez

A 39-year-old Yonkers woman was arrested on Tuesday, April 15, by the SPCA of Westchester's Law Enforcement Division and charged with three counts of cruelty and three counts of abandonment after allegedly leaving her animals with insufficient water and food, according to a release.

A Yonkers Fire Department investigation reportedly revealed that three pit bulls, three gerbils and one turtle were found abandoned in the Orchard Place apartment of Elizabeth Martin.

According to Ernest Lungaro, director of humane law enforcement for the SPCA, the animals were not cared for over a period of 10 days. The animals were rushed to a local veterinarian, who determined that all three dogs were emaciated and dehydrated.

Rocky, a 3-year-old pit bull weighed 39 pounds, making him about 40 pounds underweight.

Two younger dogs, both 1 to 1-1/2 years of age, were 20-25 pounds underweight. One of them is suffering from an untreated ringworm infection, and all three had severely overgrown nails.

Martin is due to appear in court in Yonkers on Wednesday, April 23.

"We were fortunate to be notified of this situation in time to save the animals," SPCA Westchester Director Ernest Lungaro said in a statement. "Animals should never be left without sufficient food and water for any length of time. Anyone who suspects that an animal is being abandoned or treated inhumanely should call the SPCA's Animal Cruelty Hotline at 914-941-7797. All calls are confidential."

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