CAIRO – A Greene County woman has been arrested for felony for allegedly attempting to behead one of her pet dogs with a sword, Captain Tracey Quinn of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
Pauline Waldron, 67, of Cairo, was charged Wednesday with one count of aggravated animal cruelty, a felony, Quinn said.
Waldron is also accused of repeatedly stabbing the dog and then letting the animal die for eight hours without seeking medical attention, Quinn said.
The female Australian Cattle Dog is recovering at an undisclosed specialty veterinary clinic in the Albany area, Ron Perez, president and CEO of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, said Thursday.
The dog was transferred to the Albany clinic after undergoing emergency surgery at Catskill Animal Hospital on Route 9W in Catskill, Quinn said.
Police could not say who found the dog or how it was brought to Catskill Animal Hospital.
The dog lost a lot of blood, but was doing as well as might be expected given the severity of his injuries following the operation, Perez said.
Perez saw the photos of the dog’s injuries and was horrified.
“These are some of the most gruesome images I have ever seen,” Perez said.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of the animal cruelty case on Wednesday, when they were called by Catskill Animal Hospital. Following an investigation, the department’s Criminal Investigations Unit arrested Waldron, Quinn said.
The dog was in tremendous pain upon arrival at the hospital, Perez said.
“I can’t imagine how anyone can do this to another living creature, let alone their pet,” Perez said.
Five other dogs that were in his house were seized and brought to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, Quinn said.
Two Australian Cattle Dogs and three Jack Russell Terriers were examined at the shelter and all appear to be in good health, Perez said.
The shelter is now holding the dogs for their safety and may be up for adoption in the future, Perez said.
Waldron was brought to justice in Cairo City Court before Judge Tanja Sirago. She was released on her own recognizance, pending a future court appearance, Quinn said.
“I have no doubts that the Greene County District Attorney will prosecute this woman with the full force of the law,” Perez said.