TROY — Police arrested a 34-year-old city woman for severly injuring a Rottweiler puppy and leaving it in a gas station parking lot.
Deniro, as the pup is now widely known across the Capital District, was found on Feb. 7 and brought to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. The pup had a broken jaw and several fractured ribs in different stages of healing, indicating that the abuse occurred over a period of time.
“This arrest is an important victory – not only for Deniro – but for our whole community,” said Mohawk Hudson Humane Society CEO Ashley Jeffrey Bouck. “An individual that can carry out such depraved violence against an innocent puppy is clearly a danger to both animals and people in our community.”
Khadijah M. Davis faces several charges related to aggravated animal cruelty under the state Agriculture and Markets Law, a felony better known as Buster’s Law.
The community reacted with enormous outrage and support.
Deniro underwent surgery on his jaw and is healing with a foster parent at the Rottie Empire Rescue. On Thursday, Feb. 24, his stitches were removed and “he enjoyed the car ride and happily greeted everyone at the vet’s office,” according to MHHS.
He will have x-rays in six weeks to determine if the plates in his jaw can be removed. He will also need dental surgery.