A New York woman who once was the owner of a pet-sitting business was charged with animal cruelty for neglecting and leaving two pit bulls to die of hunger and thirst. The two dogs were locked in cages in an abandoned house.
SPCA officers found the emaciated pit bulls at the former home of Antonia Bonanno. Authorities received a tip from neighbors that dogs had been left in the abandoned house. They scheduled meetings with Bonanno to enter the house, but she never showed. Eventually officers had to get a search warrant.
The two female pit bulls, both about one to two-years-old were in cramped cages, and the dogs had not been fed or given water for at least three days. A veterinarian said their kidneys had begun to fail.
A SPCA officer said the dogs were near death and both had hookworm and whipworm. They were treated at the animal shelter and have been adopted.
Bonnano said her husband is framing her as part of their divorce. But her husband said he only reported her to authorities to help the dogs.
She added that she had rescued the pit bulls and was trying to find them homes, but she was then forced to leave her house.
Bonanno faces two counts of animal cruelty. If she is convicted, she faces a maximum of a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.