BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. — In the worst case of animal mistreatment a Westchester veterinarian has ever seen, a woman has been arrested for allegedly neglecting a dog so horrifically that its fur was saturated in feces and urine — burning its skin — its teeth were rotting away and its overgrown nails were digging into its paws.
The owner, Jean Regan, 58, of North White Plains, was allegedly caught on surveillance video last month dropping off the dog, Roxy, at the Valhalla Animal Hospital. She was identified after the video was aired by a local cable news station.
The SPCA of Westchester announced Regan’s arrest and said she was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and abandonment of an animal, said Ernest Lungaro, director of the SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Unit.
Valhalla Animal Hospital veterinarian John Credarol called it the worst case of animal neglect he’d ever seen.
“Roxy’s coat was matted and saturated in urine and feces to the extent that she suffered burns on her feet and peri-anal area from the urine,” the SPCA of Westchester said in a statement. “She had to be sedated in order for a groomer to remove the matting,” they said.
Seven-year-old Roxy’s hair was so overgrown around her ears that she likely could not hear.
“We are very grateful that the person who neglected Roxy to such a degree, and then abandoned her, has been identified and arrested,” said SPCA of Westchester’s Executive Director Shannon Laukhuf.
Roxy has since made a full recovery and has already been adopted into a new home.
“There are many deserving animals who could use a second chance like this, which is why we appreciate everyone who adopts a shelter animal,” Laukhuf said.