May 29, 2009

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Two accused of starving their dog

HYDE PARK – A man and woman have been charged in connection with the abuse of a dog in Fishkill.

Officials from the Dutchess County SPCA were called to a home in Fishkill to investigate a dog thought to have starved to death.  The 10-year old Rottweiler was very thin and not moving.

Susana Pazimo, 54, was arrested at the scene and a criminal complaint was filed against Wilfredo Tobart, both of 98 Old Glenham Road in Fishkill for their role in allowing the dog, Sasha, to become emaciated and dehydrated. 

Pazimo relinquished the dog to the custody of the SPCA.  She is now under the care of Veterinarian Dr. Liz Higgins.

A neighbor contacted the SPCA to report a dead dog.  SPCA officers investigated and found an emaciated Rottweiler chained outside. The dog appeared to have died until one officer noticed her blink.  Sasha was transported to the DCSPCA and examined by a veterinarian.

The dog weighed about 49 pounds.  It was estimated that a dog of her size should weigh about 70 pounds.

The alleged perpetrator, Pazimo, was issued a summons returnable in Fishkill Town Court.

The dog’s other caretaker, Tobart, was not present at the scene.  A summons for his arrest was issued.

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