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Police: Deer Park Woman Left Pit Bulls Chained to Tree, Cited for Animal Neglect

Sharon Martinez, 55, is cited for severe animal neglect after dogs found severely emaciated, police say.

Papa, one of the two pit bulls, found severely emaciated and chained to a tree in a Deer Park backyard. (SCPD photo)
Papa, one of the two pit bulls, found severely emaciated and chained to a tree in a Deer Park backyard. (SCPD photo)

A Deer Park woman has been cited for animal neglect after police say she left her two "severely emaciated" pit bulls chained to a tree in her backyard. 

According to police, First Precinct officer James Johnson responded to 61 Lincoln Avenue on Sunday after a 911 caller reported that the pit bulls were being neglected. 

When Johnson arrived, he found the two dogs, Nina and Papa, severely emaciated and chained to a tree in the yard, police said. 

John Collins, of the Suffolk County SPCA, also responded to the home to aid in the investigation, police said. 

The dogs were brought to the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island in West Islip and after an examination by veterinarians, it was determined the dogs had been severely neglected, police said.

The dogs' owner, Sharon Martinez, 55, who lives at the Lincoln Avenue home, was issued a field appearance ticket Wednesday morning for severe animal neglect, a class A misdemeanor under the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law, police said. She will appear in court on a later date. 

The dogs are currently recovering at the Town of Babylon Animal Shelter.  


Beth B December 11, 2013 at 02:14 PM
She needs to be chained up in her own backyard!
Lisa Gingold Cairo December 12, 2013 at 06:07 PM
poor babies, at least they won't have to suffer anymore <3
Brooke McMonigle December 14, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Appearance ticket? Misdemeanor? The SPCA is a joke. They are a 501c3, don't have to answer to anyone so they don't do a thing. How many people were charged with abuse in the past 5 yrs? I've personally called on 2 cases of severe neglect. When calling to follow up, they say its under investigation. It's been a year, what happened to the dogs on Mount? They got euthanized? By whom? We're the homeowners charged? Where is all the money people donated towards rewards? 20,000 for kittens with necks slashed. No one charged. Where is the money? Where is the money from every single case in which a reward was offered and never given?
Ann Parry December 15, 2013 at 07:57 AM
It's good someone got involved and called 911 about the dogs being neglected. (Hope Patch can follow up in coming weeks and find out if the 2 dogs recover and find good homes.)

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