A Westchester County man is facing an animal cruelty charge after a hospital asked local law enforcement officials to investigate the improper treatment of a dog in his care that broke its leg and was forced to amputate its leg.
Michael Burguiere brought his toy poodle, now named Charlie Brown, to a Westchester animal hospital in July last year after if fractured its right leg, officials from the SPCA said. He was told to follow up with the hospital to receive further treatment for the dog so that the leg would properly heal and to prevent infection, which Burguiere failed to do.
According to officials, in the following months, the animal hospital staff insisted that Burguiere bring the dog in for further treatment, becoming increasingly concerned for its well being and safety. An investigation into Burguiere’s treatment of the dog determined that its splint and bandage had become soiled with urine and embedded into his skin, resulting in a serious infection.
The dog was seized by the SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Unit last month and was rushed to the SPCA’s animal care campus for emergency surgery. Ultimately, the leg had to be amputated. Charlie Brown has since been adopted by a new family.
The SPCA and Yonkers Police Department announced Burguiere’s arrest on Tuesday, charging him with animal cruelty.
“We’re very thankful to the animal hospital who reported Mr. Burguiere to our HLE Unit so that our officers could ensure Charlie Brown would receive the proper veterinary care he so desperately needed. Although his leg could not be saved, his life was and we are extremely grateful that he is no longer suffering and in pain,” SPCA Executive Director Shannon Laukhuf stated. “We are also thrilled to announce that Charlie has been adopted by one of our amazing volunteers.”
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