Wyandanch, NY - January 26, 2017 - A 36 year old Wyandanch woman has pleaded not guilty to a seven count indictment charging her with aggravated cruelty to animals and six charges of failure to provide proper sustenance to an animal in her care, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.
Veleda Bailey of Wyandanch was arrested last November when the Suffolk County SPCA found the emaciated body of a deceased adult male pit bull tied to a backyard tree and five other pit bulls, including three puppies, on the property on South 27th Street. The dogs were examined by a licensed veterinarian and treated for severe malnourishment and dehydration.
State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho set cash bail for Bailey at $25,000 or $50,000 bond.
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.