A Brentwood man faces animal cruelty charges in connection with the abandonment of a pit bull that a Good Samaritan saw being thrown from a car in Holtsville, officials said Saturday.
Detectives from the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arrested Caciem Kruer, 20, in Farmingville on Friday on charges he abandoned the dog, a 2-year-old pit-bull mix named Creed.
SPCA officials said Creed was covered in dried blood and had a laceration on his paw that was left untreated.
Kruer has been charged with abandonment and cruelty to animals for lack of veterinary care, according to the SPCA. Each charge, a misdemeanor, carries either up to a $1,000 fine, up to a year in prison, or both, the Suffolk SPCA said.
The charges stem from an incident in Holtsville on Jan. 18. SPCA officials said someone displayed a “blatant act of animal cruelty” in throwing a dog out of a silver, four-door vehicle.
The Good Samaritan reported that the incident happened at about 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Elmhurst Street and Washington Avenue, the SPCA said.