A Syracuse woman is facing animal cruelty charges after city dog control received a severely emaciated and dehydrated pit bull this week.
The arrest was the result of a new program the Syracuse Police Department designed to investigate animal abuse cases.
Police say the department's new program is in response to the high volume of animal cruelty cases being reported in Syracuse.
The female blue-nosed pit bull was turned into dog control Monday and an investigation was initiated by Officer Rebecca Thompson to identify and locate the owner. Officer Thompson offered a description of the dog's condition, saying "(She) was extremely emaciated. You could see every bone in its body. She was dehydrated...had eye infections. (There was) puss coming out of its eyes. It could barely move."
Police say an anonymous tip led officials to the owner of the pit bull, 35-year-old Marquette Jamison of West Onondaga Street. Jamison told police she knew the dog was in bad shape but did not have the money to care for it.
Jamison was charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, one count each for failure to provide proper sustenance and failure to provide medical care. She was issued an appearance ticket for Syracuse City Court at a later date.
The dog has been turned over to the DeWitt Animal Hospital for care.