Yonkers Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty After Extended Cruelty to Pit Bull

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YONKERS, NY – A Yonkers woman has been arrested after not providing adequate food or water to her young pit bull dog. The SPCA Westchester announced that their Humane Law Enforcement Unit, under the direction of Ernest Lungaro, along with Yonkers Police Officer Thomas Jackson in a joint investigation arrested and charged Carletta Jenkins, 43 with animal cruelty. Jenkins is being charged with not providing adequate food, water and veterinary care for an extended period to her young pit bull.

“On April 19, 2022, the Yonkers Fire responded to a kitchen fire at 13 Riverview Pl, Yonkers. A young, emaciated dog named Mad Dog was discovered in the apartment,” the Westchester SPCA said. “The young pit bull was in an advanced state of emaciation, dehydration, and extreme neglect. He was removed and transported to the Yonkers Animal Shelter for medical attention.”

According to a report filed this week, after a thorough examination, it was found that Mad Dog’s state of emaciation was consistent with starvation.

“His ribs, hip and pelvic bones were visibly prominent,” the SPCA said in a statement. “Mad Dog was denied necessary food and water resulting in the loss of his body weight.”

“We will never understand how someone could treat a helpless animal like this and deprive them of such basic necessities,” says Shannon Laukhuf, SPCA Westchester’s Executive Director. “We are just so grateful Mad Dog was rescued before it was too late.”

If you suspect animal cruelty or neglect, call SPCA Westchester’s Confidential Animal Cruelty Hotline at 914-941-7797.