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Suffolk SPCA Charges Mastic Woman with Throwing Emaciated Male Pit Bull from Vehicle

Lorraine Caceres, 52, allegedly dumped the dog on Laurenton Drive, Mastic Beach, cops say.

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Male pit bull abandoned in Mastic Beach.

Photo by: Suffolk County SPCA

On Sunday, July 14, 2019,  Suffolk County SPCA detectives charged a Mastic woman with animal cruelty and abandonment. Lorraine Caceres, 52, of Mastic was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty as well as abandonment.
On July 9, 2019 we received a call that a dog was dumped out of a tan/beige SUV on Laurenton Drive, Mastic Beach. After a comprehensive investigation and a reward offered, Detectives followed up on the leads.
The 10-11 year old male pit bull was picked up after an extensive search by an Animal Control Officer and transported to Brookhaven Animal Shelter. The dog is being evaluated at the shelter. When found, the dog was emaciated, very weak, hungry and thirsty.
Cacares is scheduled to appear in First District Court in Central Islip on September 17, 2019.
This case was one of the several cases the Suffolk County SPCA is investigating within the month where animals were thrown from vehicles. Tips from the public have been very helpful in these investigations. We are anticipating more charges for the other cases.
Chief Gross said that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in Suffolk County. If you witness any incident of animal cruelty or neglect in Suffolk County, or have any information about any of these cases, please contact the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-All calls will be kept confidential.
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