ASPCA Arrests Woman for Abandoning Dog at Local Park

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 11:30am
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How can anyone just abandon a dog? We may never fully understand the motives behind such senseless acts—especially when there are so many options—but that is exactly what Patricia Reddick allegedly did to her one-year-old Spaniel mix, Marley.

On June 23, a passerby came across Marley tied to a fence in a park. The concerned person called Animal Care & Control, whose officers picked up the dog and took her to their Manhattan facility. Shortly thereafter, our team was notified and we transferred the skinny and dehydrated pup to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for immediate treatment.

“Marley was left to fend for herself, which, in addition to being illegal, is a violation of the trust your pet puts in you,” says Howard Lawrence, Senior Director of Operations for the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department. “Thankfully for Marley, a Good Samaritan saw her and contacted the appropriate authorities— she will now have an opportunity to find a loving home.”

Reddick was charged with one count of abandoning an animal, a misdemeanor offense. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. She is due in Bronx Criminal Court on November 20. Marley is recovering at the hospital and will soon be made available for adoption.

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Therese Camillone

I'm glad they arrested the a-hole!

Bonne Martin

We here in Florida are having a hugh problem with people leaving there animals in the everglades to fend for them selves. There is an organization 100+ Abandoned Dogs of the Everglades that go out to the glades and also the surrounding areas of homestead,etc. and rescue dogs and cats if they can get the cats and bring them to animal hospitals that have volunteered to help with the care of the sick ones. They then put these animals up for adoption only after doing home checks for potential adopters. they have a face book page they are a great group.

meredith sirna

This is a woman who would dump her children in a park if she could.
I pray that she prosceuted to the maximum.

Dawn Sacks

Hearing things like this just breaks my heart....good luck Marlet!


Hopefully she finds herself in a loving home very quickly. She is a beautiful dog.


Compassion aside, the legal system seems flawed. If the choice is a year in jail or $1000 fine, the two punishments are not comparable. (I realize it says and/or, but very few people would serve jail-time for a first-time misdemeanor). A higher fine ($10,000, for example) might help prevent some of these abandonments.


forget the fine, it should b 30 days in jail even for a first time misdemeanor. if it was a child abandoned it would b more than a $1000 fine.

K. KH.

It makes me sick when someone says; "it's my dog" or "it's my child" when they are neglectful or abusive to them. Children and animals are ALIVE.. they are not objects. You people are sickening pieces of shit who should suffer, eat shit and die! You know who you are!

k. kh

I'd really like to see what this bitch looks like... "Patricia Reddick" Cause it's always the same kind of person who thinks of pets and kids as property and not life. Low life scum that will always be low life scum, that take up space in prison and collect welfare. You know who you are!


Hopefully you won't abandon your child. Pets are part of the family so treat them with love. I have a dog that I found abandoned by its owner, and that dog has been a part of our family for almost ten years.