Crystal Lashley, 18, of Jamaica was busted for allegedly neglecting her 6-year-old dog, a female German shepherd mix named Briana.
The ASPCA found the battered pooch tethered to a tree on Foch Boulevard on Aug. 21, according to agency spokesman Joseph Pentangelo. Briana was wearing a nylon collar so tight and for such an extended period of time that her skin had grown over it.
“The collar was more than two inches smaller in circumference than the dog’s neck,” Pentangelo said. “It is clear that Briana was neglected.”
The dog was dehydrated, underweight and infested with fleas. She also had a urinary tract infection and overgrown toe nails, Pentangelo said.
Lashley was arrested on Oct. 25 and is being charged with one count of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor. The ASPCA took Briana, and after she makes a full recovery, she will be put up for adoption.
“She’s healing,” Pentangelo said. “We are hopeful and optimistic that she will recover both physically and mentally.”