Two Schenectady women turned themselves in Thursday after the seizure of their nearly starved pit bulls from an abandoned home made headlines, officials said.
The Schenectady County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals charged Dodi Toomer, 41, and Shantel Quinones, 19, with failing to provide food and water to a confined animal, according to a news release.
The women allegedly left their two pit bulls inside their home at 838 Cutler St. after they moved out, said SPCA investigators, leaving the dogs to become severely malnourished. The dogs were rescued Tuesday night.
Toomer and Quinones could face up to a year in jail, a $1,000 fine and three years of probation. They were also cited for not having the dogs properly licensed, which carries another fine.
Toomer and Quinones will appear in Schenectady City Court on Jan. 23.
The pit bulls were treated at Shaker Vet Hospital in Latham and appear to be responding well. The women surrendered the dogs to the SPCA and they are now available for adoption.
The SPCA was initially concerned it would need to euthanize the dogs because it could not afford their care, but Pond View Kennel — an animal shelter in East Nassau — agreed to care for the animals until they could be adopted.