NEW YORK, January 13, 2007ASPCA Special Agents arrested Mr. Oswald S. Jaudon this morning on charges of animal cruelty after discovering his pet Chow Chow with a nylon collar embedded around her neck.
Jaudon, 51, of 131-07 135th Avenue in Queens, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Paul Lai and charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces up to one year in prison and a maximum $2,000 fine.
On December 29, 2006, ASPCA Special Agents were alerted to a severely neglected dog at the rear of Mr. Jaudon’s residence in Queens. The dog, three-year-old female Chow Chow, was emaciated and had a nylon collar embedded around her neck. She was immediately taken to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, where ASPCA veterinarians performed surgery to remove the embedded collar. More than 100 stitches and multiple surgical staples were used to close the painful wound, which measured the entire circumference of her neck and was infected. Her head and face were also swollen.
The suspect, arrested without incident, relinquished control of the dog to the ASPCA. The dog is currently receiving 24-hour veterinary attention and being treated with a combination of pain medication and antibiotics. Her recovery is expected to be long; however, ASPCA veterinarians are optimistic.