Police make arrest in animal cruelty case

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TROY, N.Y. – The Troy Police Department arrested a woman in connection to an animal cruelty case.

Around 1:50 p.m. Wednesday on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College, a school public safety officer was flagged down by a faculty member who saw two dogs being kept in a locked vehicle in the parking lot.

Police said the officer went to the vehicle and confirmed the dogs were in distress. The officer attempted to locate the owner and called Troy police.

Troy police and Troy Animal Control responded and removed the dogs from the vehicle. The owner could not be located. The investigation showed the dogs were in the vehicle for about three hours with no food or water, and the outside temperature was about 81 degrees.

The dogs were taken to a local veterinarian for treatment by animal control.

Police determined Yessenia Santana was responsible. She was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of Injuring Animals. She was processed and released.

She is expected back in Troy City Court August 1.


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