A Huntington Station woman has been charged with animal cruelty, after the Suffolk Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals said she left her elderly dog out in sub-freezing temperatures.
The SCPA said that Holly Acker, 42, of 51 Magerus St. left her elderly dog outside overnight for almost 12 hours while temperatures ranged from 17 to 22 degrees. The dog had no access to food or water or relief from the cold.
“Acker admitted to investigators that she was home the entire time and had ‘passed out’ even as police and neighbors had repeatedly knocked on her door and tried to get her to bring the dog inside throughout the night,” the SCPA said. “Neighbors, who were unable to take the dog, desperately tried to provide for the dog in that frigid weather by giving food, water, a blanket and a foam bed to the dog.”
Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk SPCA said that officers, along with Suffolk County Police, responded to the home, and charged Acker, 42, with one count of animal cruelty and one count of violating the Suffolk County Code, both misdemeanors.
Acker was charged on January 22, 2022, and is due to appear in First District Court, Central Islip on Feb. 10.