NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the arrest of Queens resident Crystal Lashley for allegedly neglecting her 6 ½-year-old female German shepherd mix, named Briana.
On August 21, 2012, Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) agents of the ASPCA responded to a complaint of a dog with an embedded collar tied to a tree outside of a residence on Foch Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. When agents arrived, they encountered the dog tethered to a tree with a visible neck wound. Ms. Lashley relinquished ownership of Briana to the ASPCA, and Briana was transported by the agents to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for evaluation and treatment.
Upon intake, ASPCA veterinarians found Briana to be dehydrated, underweight, infested with fleas, and suffering from a painful neck wound. Briana is continuing to receive treatment for these issues and is recovering at the hospital. She will eventually be made available for adoption.
Lashley, 18, was arrested on Tuesday, October 23. She was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Lashley’s next court date is scheduled for December 6.
This year, ASPCA HLE agents have made seven arrests in Queens and 36 arrests citywide.
To report animal cruelty in New York City, the ASPCA encourages the public to contact its Humane Law Enforcement department at 877-THE-ASPCA (843-2772) or [email protected]. For crimes in progress, individuals should call 911.