Woman charged with animal cruelty, accused of choking puppy


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A Syracuse woman is charged with animal cruelty, accused of choking a puppy.

The Syracuse Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Investigator, Tara Kalil, responded to Brighton Towers on East Brighton Avenue in Syracuse on Wednesday, where several witnesses reported seeing a woman, later identified as Wanda McKee, 58, intentionally twisting and hold the collar of a four-month-old pug mix.

Police say good samaritans intervened and stopped McKee from hurting the dog.

McKee informed investigators she is not the owner of the puppy and was only watching it.

The dog was seen by a veterinarian as a precaution, but is in good health and has acceptable living conditions. She is no longer permitted to be in the care of McKee.

McKee was issued an appearance ticket and is due back in court later this month.     

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