YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A 44-year-old Mohegan Lake woman accused of neglecting her dog has been charged with animal cruelty, according to the Westchester SPCA.
After receiving a tip on Thursday, May 9, Yorktown police responded to an Eleanor Drive home, where they found an Australian cattle dog in an “advanced state of emaciation and dehydration due to neglect,” the SPCA said. The dog had allegedly been deprived of adequate water, food, and veterinary care for a prolonged period of time.
The malnourished dog, which has since been renamed Boomer, was provided medical attention at the SPCA’s Simpson Clinic in Briarcliff Manor. Underweight by about 20 pounds, its skull, ribs, hip, and pelvic bones were all “visibly prominent” and its condition was consistent with starvation, the SPCA said.
Michelle DiGennaro was arrested on Wednesday, May 22, by the SPCA. She was charged with animal cruelty, which is a Class A misdemeanor under New York Agriculture and Markets Law.
“We are extremely grateful that someone called to report about Boomer, who must have been suffering for months,” said Shannon Laukhuf, executive director of the SPCA.
DiGennaro was arrested following a joint investigation by Ernest Lungaro, of the SPCA's Humane Law Enforcement Unit, and Kristin Macey, the Yorktown Police Department's animal control/community service worker.
Boomer's story quickly captured the hearts of strangers when it was posted to social media.
“I hope he is never hungry again,” one person said.
As of 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, 33 Facebook users had raised more than $1,200 for Boomer.
People who suspect animal cruelty or neglect can call the SPCA of Westchester’s Confidential Animal Cruelty Hotline (914-941-7797) or their local police department.