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White Plains Woman Charged With Throwing Cat Down Trash Chute

The cat, Cotton, after the discovery.
The cat, Cotton, after the discovery. Photo Credit: SPCA of Westchester

A 40-year-old woman who allegedly threw her cat down a 19-story trash chute last year is scheduled to appear in court.

Romy Goldsmith Shaprio, of White Plains, is scheduled to face a judge on Tuesday, Jan. 21, for the incident which took place on June 12, 2019.

According to the Westchester SPCA, Shaprio allegedly threw her cat named "Cotton" down the chute from the 19th floor.

The cat was found by a maintenance worker who heard sounds coming from the garbage chute. The black and white cat was found inside the garbage bat in a pet carrier, still alive.

The Westchester County Police responded and contacted the Humane Law Enforcement Unit.

An investigation found that Shapiro allegedly put her cat down the chute on the 19th floor, about eight hours before the animal was discovered.

Cotton did not suffer any serious injuries.

Shapiro, 40, was charged with animal cruelty and abandonment of a cat.

If you suspect animal cruelty or neglect, call the SPCA of Westchester's Confidential Animal Cruelty Hotline at 914-941-7797.

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