Police say woman neglected animal

GLOVERSVILLE – City police say a local woman was arrested on Valentine’s Day after her dog was found to be suffering from three painful, untreated medical problems.

Karen M. Brown, 45, of 89 Third St., was charged with overdriving/torturing/injuring an animal/failure to provide food and sustenance, a misdemeanor, and having an unlicensed dog and having an unvaccinated dog, both violations.

Police said on Feb. 8, city police officers responded to a report of a loose dog that had been recovered. At the time of the initial complaint, the owner was unknown.

When the dog was secured, police said, it was found to be suffering from three separate medical conditions that the owner had neglected to treat.

The dog was suffering from an eye infection, a skin condition that caused the dog’s hair to fall out over much of its body, and two ear infections, which were so severe the dog had caused large open wounds on its ears by scratching, police said.

Police were able to later identify the owner of the dog as Brown, and after conferring with a veterinarian, it was determined criminal charges were warranted, police said.

Capt. John Sira said the dog is being treated every other day with medicated baths and should return to good health. He said whether the dog will be available for adoption or returned to the owner will be decided by a judge.

Brown was processed and released with an appearance ticket. She is scheduled to appear in City Court on Monday to answer the charges.