A Deer Park woman with a dog she no longer wanted dumped him on the streets of Nassau after a shelter told her it didn't have any space, the Nassau district attorney's office said Tuesday.
But Teddy, the 9-year-old Labrador mix who was found Feb. 10 on Terrehans Lane in Syosset, has been adopted by a veterinarian, said a spokesman for acting District Attorney Madeline Singas.
A microchip had led authorities to his owner, Amavilla Araujo, 44, of Deer Park.
Araujo was arraigned Tuesday on a misdemeanor animal crime charge after being accused of abandoning him and was released on her own recognizance. The name of her attorney was not immediately available, and Araujo could not be reached Tuesday afternoon.
She told investigators that the Babylon Town animal shelter offered to put her on a waiting list of pets they would take in, and she tried unsuccessfully at another shelter, according to the complaint.
She drove to Syosset and dropped him off there because she "knew it was a nice area and she hoped someone would find him," the investigator wrote in the complaint.
A motorist found him and took him to Jericho Animal Hospital, authorities said. A poster with a flyer of Teddy was passed around, authorities said.
"Leaving an unleashed dog to roam free near a roadway is not only a crime, it is dangerous to motorists, to the public and to the animal involved," Singas said in a statement.
Teddy had a foot injury, and a toe had to be amputated, prosecutors said.