SCHENECTADY — The former owner of an emaciated husky surrendered to a rescue group last month has been found and charged, a Schenectady County SPCA official said Monday.
Anna Ladd, of Avenue B in Schenectady, appeared in Schenectady City Court on Monday morning and was released to return later, local SPCA senior investigator Steve Redmond said.
Ladd faces one count of animal neglect, a misdemeanor. Redmond credited publicity, including a Gazette story, with helping bring the case to an arrest.
SPCA officials had sought Ladd as part of their investigation into the state of her dog, a husky named Lucky. Lucky suffered from dehydration, severe malnourishment and worms, Redmond has said. The dog weighed in at just over 30 pounds, less than half of what he should have weighed.
Lucky is doing much better, Redmond has said, but long-term effects are not yet known.
The SPCA began investigating in February after learning that Ladd surrendered the dog to an Oneida County rescue group named Trooper Husky Rescue and Sanctuary.
That she surrendered the dog on her own does not make up for the dog's condition, Redmond said last week; "not even close."
The woman first reached out to the Trooper Husky in mid-February. It was unclear why she chose them, but Redmond said she didn't contact local groups.
A representative of the husky rescue drove to Schenectady on Feb. 16 and picked up the dog. The person then contacted authorities in Oneida County over the dog's condition.
Schenectady County SPCA investigators tracked the owner down and interviewed her. After further tests, investigators had enough for a misdemeanor neglect charge. But they couldn't find the woman.
Ladd is due back in court next month.