Middletown Woman Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty
An Orange County Jury found a Middletown woman guilty of animal cruelty in connection with neglect of her two-year-old dog.
Authorities says 33-year-old Joselina Brucelis, of Middletown left her 2-year-old pit bull, Shadow, tied up with no water and only cornflakes for food.
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Brucelis deprived Shadow of food, water, veterinary care, and shelter adequate to maintain Shadow’s health and comfort. Additonally, she tied the dog to a pole in her basement with a choke collar so small that it became embedded in Shadow’s neck.
The collar caused a significant laceration around Shadow’s neck and serve swelling to his head, face and neck. Brucelis failed to seek veterinary care for Shadow, despite his obvious need for medical attention.
In October of 2014, a roommate of Brucelis called Middletown Animal Control to report the dogs abuse.
Brucelis was convicted of animal cruelty and a Middletown city code violation for failure to license a dog. She faces up to a year in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced on April 13th.