Glen Cove, New York – A 60-year-old woman in Glen Cove, New York, is accused of locking her senior dog inside of a filthy, wooden dog house. Officers discovered the horrible situation on November 13 after someone reported that a dog was crying in distress.
The authorities have identified Delia Banos as the person who stowed her dog, Lassie, away inside of the feces-filled dog house in her backyard.
After Lassie was rescued, an exam revealed signs of long-term neglect, including: overgrown hair and nails, severe dental disease, four mammary tumors, and a corneal eye ulcer.
Please sign this petition today – Banos must be punished for her cruelty and forbidden from ever owning a pet again!
Officers who responded to a welfare check at Banos’ home discovered a dilapidated dog house with plywood covering the opening. Inside, hidden away in darkness, was Lassie, an elderly dog who was suffering from signs of long-term neglect.
Imagine Lassie’s suffering, loneliness, and fear from being trapped behind the plywood – imagine being stuck inside of a dark box, amidst feces and urine, with no light whatsoever. These miserable conditions were Lassie’s reality and now her owner must pay for the cruelty she inflicted on this innocent dog.
Your signatures (and comments) will help persuade the Nassau County, New York District Attorney that Banos deserves the maximum punishment for her animal cruelty charge.
Note – Lassie was taken to the Glen Cove Animal Shelter for treatment and care.
Individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Update September 2021: Animal Victory received the verdict from Glen Cove Court. Delia Banos pled guilty and was sentenced on August 17th. She was charged with misdemeanor neglect of an impounded animal. She has been ordered to pay restitution of $4609.50 and a fine of $250.00. See attached pdf for details. Although this is a significant amount of money to pay, we are not overwhelmed with joy with the end result. All animal abusers need to be charged with a felony.Glen_Cove_CC_11132020 Verdict for Petition
Update July 29, 2021: Animal Victory has learned that court is scheduled for August 17, 2021 at 11 a.m.
Update June 2021: Animal Victory has learned that court is scheduled for July 13, 2021 at 11 a.m.
Update 12/7/2020: Animal Victory has been informed that Lassie is “doing great” since being rescued. She is currently in a foster home recovering from surgeries (she was altered and masses have been removed). One of the masses was cancerous, but it was removed entirely. Lassie is still suffering from eye conditions which will be addressed after she has healed from her surgeries.
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