CARMEL, N.Y. - After a lengthy investigation, the Putnam County SPCA has arrested and charged a Carmel woman with several crimes in regard to the abuse of three dogs.

Tammy M. Williams of Sunset Boulevard, Carmel, was arrested in relation to the three severely emaciated pit bulls found abandoned on Tinker Hill Road in Putnam Valley on March 2. Williams was charged with three counts of animal abandonment and three counts of animal cruelty. She will be arraigned in Putnam Valley court on May 19 and Carmel Court on May 12. Over the past month, officers of the Putnam County SPCA conducted numerous interviews with associates of Williams.

The dogs, one brown/white male, one brown/ white female, and one brindle/dark brown female, all approximately mid-aged to older, were brought to the Carmel Animal Hospital where they were examined on March 2. All three were rated 1 on the Body Condition Score (1 being severely emaciated and 5 being normal, 9 being obese). SPAC investigators say that after extensive veterinary care, all three dogs are doing much better now and are in foster care.

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“We would like to thank the Carmel Animal Hospital for their care and expertise in treating these dogs who were in such need,” said Putnam County SPCA Chief Ken Ross. “We would also like to thank the Putnam County SPCA Dog Control Officer Mary Madsen who recognized the severe nature of the dogs’ emaciation and brought them immediately to Carmel Animal Hospital.”

Ross also said that the Putnam County SPCA would like to thank the public for the outpouring of support, generosity, and donations put toward the medical care of the dogs. He also gave kudos to the SPCA’s partners in the law enforcement community—the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Carmel Police Department, the Kent Police Department, and the Putnam County Probation Department—which assisted in the investigation.

“The conditions the dogs were found in and the circumstances of their abandonment required a team approach—from Mary Madsen recognizing the severe condition the dogs were in, to the expertise of Carmel Animal Hospital’s care and the assistance of the Sheriff’s Department, Carmel Police, Kent Police and PC Probation in providing help in locating the suspect,” Ross said. “It made the arrest of the individual currently charged in the alleged commission of the crimes possible.”

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