Officers who responded to a welfare check at Banos' home discovered a dilapidated dog house with plywood covering the opening. Inside, hidden away in darkness, was Lassie, an elderly dog who was suffering from signs of long-term neglect.
Imagine Lassie's suffering, loneliness, and fear from being trapped behind the plywood - imagine being stuck inside of a dark box, amidst feces and urine, with no light whatsoever. These miserable conditions were Lassie's reality and now her owner must pay for the cruelty she inflicted on this innocent dog.
Your signatures (and comments) will help persuade the Nassau County, New York District Attorney that Banos deserves the maximum punishment for her animal cruelty charge.
Note - Lassie was taken to the Glen Cove Animal Shelter for treatment and care.
Long Island Herald
(Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law)
Update July 29, 2021: Animal Victory has learned that court is scheduled for August 17, 2021 at 11 a.m.
Update June 2021: Animal Victory has learned that court is scheduled for July 13, 2021 at 11 a.m.
Update 01/04/2021: Animal Victory sent 18,110 signatures and comments to District Attorney Alexander Brennan along with our letter of intent for the maximum punishment. Read our letter here.
Update 12/7/2020: Animal Victory has been informed that Lassie is "doing great" since being rescued. She is currently in a foster home recovering from surgeries (she was altered and masses have been removed). One of the masses was cancerous, but it was removed entirely. Lassie is still suffering from eye conditions which will be addressed after she has healed from her surgeries.