Responding to the Tuesday morning discovery of an emaciated, flea-covered dog tied outside the Smithtown Animal Shelter, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for its long-term neglect, SPCA Chief Roy Gross said.
The dog, a male miniature poodle about 14 years old that was found tied to the front gate with oxygen tubing, is “a horrible example of sheer neglect,” Gross said.
Now in the care of a local veterinary hospital, the dog was found in “critical condition,” covered with fleas and with eyes filled with discharge, he said.
Anyone who recognizes the dog or who has information on its owner and/or who left the dog at the shelter can call, in confidence, the SPCA at 631-382-7722.
Of special interest, too, is information on the driver of a dark, compact, four-door sedan that was caught on surveillance video outside the animal shelter in Nesconset, Gross said.
The charge of animal cruelty is a misdemeanor, Gross said, carrying a penalty of up to a year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.