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Hempstead woman charged with animal neglect

The Nassau County district attorney's office said a

The Nassau County district attorney's office said a Hempstead woman abused and neglected her dog, Snoopy. (Sept. 7, 2012) Credit: Nassau County DA

A Hempstead woman has been charged with criminally neglecting her small, white dog, named Snoopy, after a tip was received by the Nassau County district attorney's animal cruelty hotline.

Annisa John, 39, was arrested Wednesday by district attorney investigators at her Thorne Avenue home and charged with one misdemeanor count of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, and failing to provide proper sustenance. She faces up to a year in jail if convicted and is due back in court Oct. 1.

Her lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

"Pet owners have a moral and legal obligation to care for their animals. It is shocking that a person could watch their pet suffer such pain and neglect and do nothing about it," Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said. "I am grateful to the caller who reported this abuse so that we could rescue this innocent animal and hold this neglectful pet owner accountable."

Rice said investigators arrived at John's home Wednesday morning to find the dog suffering from a variety of serious ailments.

The dog's left rear leg had an open, infected wound that went down to the bone with blood and flesh visible and a rotting stench, prosecutors said. The wound was caused by a band of severely matted fur that tightly wrapped around the dog's leg, encompassing its entire paw, they said.

The defendant gave up her rights to the animal at the scene, and the dog was subsequently impounded to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, where it is currently receiving emergency veterinary care and will be put up for adoption at a later date, prosecutors said.

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