THURMAN — A mother and daughter were arrested Thursday in connection with a dog that was found starved to death on the porch of a home on Glen-Athol Road late last month, authorities said.
The mixed-breed dog named Ace apparently was left at the home without food or water when the family moved out in late November, Warren County Sheriff Bud York said.
Jennifer J. Brown, 55, and her daughter, 17-year-old Destiny R. Bradway, had been living at the home with Bradway’s infant child during the fall when Brown moved out to stay with a relative in Queensbury in early November.
Bradway moved out sometime in November as well because there was no heat at the house, leaving the dog behind, York said.
“They just moved out and left it there with no food,” the sheriff said.
Warren County Child Protective Services found the dog dead on the home’s porch on the afternoon of Nov. 27, when going to the home to check on Bradway’s baby, and notified Thurman Animal Control Officer Brett Moulton. Moulton notified James Fitzgerald, humane officer for the Warren County SPCA, and Fitzgerald and sheriff’s Patrol Officer Dan Habshi investigated the death.
A necropsy was conducted, and a determination was made that the dog starved to death, York said.
In a statement to sheriff’s officers, Bradway said she moved to a friend’s home in Warrensburg in early November, but was going to the home periodically to feed Ace after she moved out, court records show.
Bradway, the owner of the dog, was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and non-criminal failure to provide sustenance, while Brown was charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child for leaving her daughter and granddaughter in a home without heat, officials said.
Fitzgerald said a felony aggravated animal cruelty charge was possible after a review of the evidence by Warren County prosecutors
Both were released pending prosecution in Thurman Town Court. Brown is on probation for a prior theft-related conviction, officials said.
Fitzgerald said anyone who is in a position where they can’t care for a dog can contact their local police agency or any local animal shelter, which can direct pet owners to the proper resources.