Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty


SATURDAY NIGHT UNTIL 2 P.M. SUNDAY. THREE NORTHBOUND LANES WILL BE CLOSED ALL SOUTHBOUND LANES WILL REMAIN OPEN. NEW AT 5:00 NOW IT IS A TRAGIC CASE OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. A LONG ISLAND WOMAN ACCUSED OF ABANDONING MULTIPLE PETS IN HER CARE. IT WAS HER WORRIED LANDLORD THAT CALLED POLICE AFTER HEARING A DOG’S EXCESSIVE BARKING. CBS 2’S JENNIFER McLOGAN REPORTS FROM HUNTINGTON. Reporter: MILEY AN ABANDON LONG-HAIRED CHIHUAHUA IS SLOWLY RECOVERING AT THE HUNTINGTON TOWN ANIMAL SHELTER ALONG WITH A TABBY CAT NAMED SPOT. A RARE ALBINO BOA CONSTRUCTOR AND TWO PET LEOPARD SPOTTED GECKOS SEIZED IN AN APARTMENT INSIDE THIS SOUTH HUNTINGTON HOME AFTER BEING DISCOVERED ALONE FOR DAYS ALLEGEDLY ABANDONED BY THEIR OWNER, 27- YEAR-OLD MELISSA BUCHANAN. A PET TWIN CHIHUAHUA NAMED MIA DID NOT MAKE IT. WHEN WE ENTERED THE HOME WE COULD SEE THAT THERE ARE ANIMALS IN SEVERE DISTRESS, ONE SMALL BREED DOG THAT HAD BEEN DECEASED FOR QUITE SOME TIME. Reporter: IT MUST HAVE BEEN VERY EMOTIONAL. ANYTIME YOU SEE THAT KIND OF PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO NEGLECT, IT’S VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. Reporter: THE LANDLORD SAYS HE BECAME SUSPICIOUS WHEN MILEY KEPT BARKING AND THERE WERE NO SIGNS OF HIS TENANT. THE THERE IS A WINDOW THERE. I LOOK THROUGH THE CURTAINS AND I SEE ONE OF THE DOGS ARE DEAD. Reporter: ACCORDING TO THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT, BUCHANAN ADMITTED HER PETS HAD BEEN WITHOUT FOOD OR WATER FOR MORE THAN TWO DAYS. SHE WAS UNABLE TO MAKE IT HOME TO CARE FOR THEM. A NECROPSY WILL BE PERFORMED ON THE DEAD DOG TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH WHICH WE SUSPECT OF COURSE IS STARVATION. THE REPTILES WILL BE REMOVED FROM HERE AND TRANSPORTED TO A REPTILE SANCTUARY. Reporter: WILL THE DOG AND CAT BE UP FOR ADOPTION? THEY WILL BE. Reporter: BUCHANAN IS BEING HELD ON $4,000 BOND. THIS WAS NOT HER FIRST OFFENSE. SHE TOLD A JUDGE SHE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE. FROM POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN YAPHANK, JENNIFER McLOGAN, CBS 2 NEWS.

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