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Long Island woman cited for starving pit bulls

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Papa was found extremely emaciated and chained to a tree in Deer Park. (Photo: Suffolk PD)

DEER PARK, N.Y. (PIX11) – A Long Island woman was cited for starving and chaining two pit bulls to a tree in her yard, Suffolk County police say.

Cops say on Dec. 8, the two dogs, Nina and Papa, were found at the Deer Park home of Sharon Martinez, 55, emaciated and chained to a tree in the backyard.


Nina was tied to a tree and starved by her owner. (Photo: Suffolk PD)

The dogs were seized and a veterinarian determined the dogs were severely neglected.

Martinez was cited for severe animal neglect and is due in court at a later date.

Nina and Papa are currently recovering at the Town of Babylon Animal Shelter.


The tree where Papa and Nina were found. (Photo: Suffolk PD)


  • Gloria

    Ooh…lock her ass up outside and don't feed her for days. People are horrible. Just plain horrible! There needs to be stronger laws for this type of neglect!.

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