SPCA: Woman Who Threw Dog Out of Car Arrested

Josephine Rivera, of Mastic, is arrested Monday following incident last month.

Josephine Rivera was arrested on Monday. (Photo courtesy of Suffolk County SPCA)
Josephine Rivera was arrested on Monday. (Photo courtesy of Suffolk County SPCA)
A Mastic woman faces an animal cruelty charge after being arrested Monday for allegedly throwing her dog from her car and leaving it at a gas station last month, according to Suffolk County SPCA officials. 

Josephine Rivera faces a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to a year in prison on the misdemeanor abandonment charge. 

SPCA Chief Roy Gross said Monday that Rivera's small poodle frantically ran around Rivera's car trying to get back in after Rivera dumped the dog in front of an Exxon gas station on Montauk Highway and then drove off in Mastic on June 23. Several children were in Rivera's car when the dog was tossed out, according to witnesses. 

Gross said a $2,000 reward offered resulted to tips leading to Rivera's arrest. 

Rollo Tomasi July 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM
KPResident July 19, 2014 at 11:44 AM
it seems we have someone in our neighborhood who is intentionally trying to capture and kill the stray cats in the neighborhood. they are very shy of humans. a few days ago a kitten came to our yard with a string around its neck. many times we see two adult cats that come to our yard with open wounds around their necks which we assumed was from fighting the raccoons or getting stuck in the fence.
Brookhaven999 July 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM
No other country in the world lets in human garbage the way the USA does.
CAPICU July 20, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Or has as many home grown ones.
brookhavenconfucius July 20, 2014 at 09:59 AM


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