Westchester Man Charged with Animal Cruelty-under the direction of Ernest Lungaro, VP SPI

   The SPCA of Westchester announced today that their Humane Law Enforcement Unit (HLE), under the direction of Ernest Lungaro and Yonkers Police Officer William Pataky, in a joint investigation, arrested Michael Burguiere of Yonkers. Burguiere has been charged with animal cruelty.

A local animal hospital grew very concerned when Mr. Burguiere’s toy poodle, now named Charlie Brown, was brought in with a fractured right leg in July of 2017. After the initial appointment, Burguiere was told he needed to follow up with the animal hospital to receive further veterinary care for his dog to ensure the leg would heal properly and to prevent infection. Unfortunately, he did not.

Over the ensuing months the animal hospital staff pleaded with Burguiere to bring his dog in for further treatment and became increasing concerned for the dog’s safety and well-being. Due to Burguiere’s blatant disregard and neglect of the follow up veterinary care needed for Charlie’s Brown fractured leg, the splint and bandage became soiled with urine and embedded into the skin. It was left on the leg for over 4 months resulting in a serious infection. Due to the untreated infection, Charlie Brown was seized by the SPCA’s HLE Unit in January of 2018 and had to be rushed to the SPCA’s animal care campus and clinic to receive emergency surgery. Sadly, his leg had to be amputated—it was too far gone to be saved.

“We’re very thankful to the animal hospital who reported Mr. Burguiere to our HLE Unit so that our officers could ensure Charlie Brown would receive the proper veterinary care he so desperately needed. Although his leg could not to be saved, his life was and we are extremely grateful that he is no longer suffering and in pain,” said Shannon Laukhuf, Executive Director. “We are also thrilled to announce that Charlie has been adopted by one of our amazing volunteers.”

Click here to read more about Charlie Brown and see his video.

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