Woman pleads guilty to ne­glect­ing dog, cat

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Free­man staff

ELLENVILLE >> A vil­lage woman who was ac­cused of fail­ing to care for her dog and cat has pleaded guilty and agreed not to own or har­bor an­i­mals for one year, an SPCA of­fi­cial said Tues­day.

Roberta Ger­ard, 28, pleaded guilty Oct. 25 to one count of fail­ing to pro­vide sus­te­nance, a mis­de­meanor, ac­cord­ing to Adam Saun­ders, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Ul­ster County so­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals.

Ger­ard was charged Sept. 9 with two counts of fail­ure to pro­vide proper sus­te­nance and two counts of fail­ure to pro­vide food and drink, all mis­de­meanors, stem­ming from an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the con­di­tion of an­i­mals found in her apart­ment. Both the dog and cat are at the SPCA shel­ter in the town of Ul­ster and are be­ing treated by med­i­cal staff there..

The dog, named Boo, suf­fered in­juries to its neck from a re­straint de­vice that teth­ered him in Ger­ard’s apart­ment, ac­cord­ing to Saun­ders.

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