SOUTH JAMAICA — A woman’s alleged neglect of her dog came back to bite her when she was arrested last week and charged with animal cruelty, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Crystal Lashley, 18, relinquished control of her 6 1/2-year-old German shepherd mix, named Briana, back in August when ASPCA agents responding to a call found the canine tethered to a tree with a visible wound on its neck, the organization said.
Briana was transported to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital where veterinarians found her to be dehydrated, underweight and infested with fleas, according to the ASPCA.
Lashley was arrested Oct. 23 and charged with one count of misdemeanor cruelty, for which she faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted, the society said.
Briana was recovering at the hospital and was expected to eventually be put up for adoption.
The ASPCA said its Humane Law Enforcement agents have made seven arrests in Queens this year.
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