On June 8, Brooklyn, NY, resident Claudio Moncion was arrested and charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. The 60-year-old man is accused of neglecting his small salt-and-pepper Terrier mix, Johnny.
The initial investigation began on June 20, when the ASPCA dispatch center received a report of a dog with an untreated leg injury. ASPCA Special Agents responded to the scene, where they discovered the 2-year-old dog with a large, open wound on his left hind leg. When questioned, Moncion stated that while he did not take the dog to a veterinarian, he did attempt to treat the wound with topical ointments.
Agents rushed Johnny, who was in dire need of medical care, to the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital where veterinarians began treating the wound. Upon further evaluation, they discovered that the infection had spread to Johnny’s left hind paw. Due to the severity of damage, it was necessary to amputate the entire leg. Further testing of the damaged leg revealed that the injury was a minimum of two to three weeks old.
“This was a clear-cut case of animal neglect,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel for the Humane Law Enforcement. “Johnny had obviously been left to suffer for some time with the untreated wound.”
Johnny will undergo further rehabilitation before being placed up for adoption. Moncion faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
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