Convicted dog abuser gets 10 day sentence, time served

NORWICH Ė Tracy A. Price appeared in Norwich City Court on Tuesday, Aug. 23, and pled guilty to leaving a dog tied to a stove for multiple days without food and water. She is set to be sentenced to serve a 10-day sentence in the Chenango County Correctional Facility.

Price, 31, of Norwich, was arrested by the Norwich Police Department on Aug. 16 on an active arrest warrant dating back to September, 2015. She was charged with torturing/injuring animals, under section 353 of the agriculture and markets law of the State of New York, which states, 'A person who overdrives, overloads, tortures or cruelly beats or unjustifiably injures, maims, mutilates or kills any animal, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to himself or to another, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, food or drink, or neglects or refuses to furnish it such sustenance or drink, or causes, procures or permits any animal to be overdriven, overloaded, tortured, cruelly beaten, or unjustifiably injured, maimed, mutilated or killed, or to be deprived of necessary food or drink, or who willfully sets on foot, instigates, engages in, or in any way furthers any act of cruelty to any animal, or any act tending to produce such cruelty, is guilty of a class A misdemeanor and for purposes of paragraph (b) of subdivision one of section 160.10 of the criminal procedure law, shall be treated as a misdemeanor defined in the penal law.'

Authorities from the Norwich Police Department said that Price tied her canine, 'Tessa', to a stove for multiple days with a leather shoelace. When they arrived on the scene, the canine had a laceration to it's neck, and was covered in urine and feces. The canine was also left without food and water.

Price's bail was originally set at $750, but in her second court appearance, on Thursday, Aug. 18, that amount was reduced to $500.

In court on Tuesday, the terms of Price's sentence were discussed. She will receive a 10-day sentence in the Chenango County Correctional Facility, which she has already completed due to time served. Price will also be subject to pay restitution in an amount yet to be determined to a local business, and she will not be allowed to own any animal for a period of one year.

The Honorable Judge James E. Downey, who presided over the case, adjourned Price's sentencing until Aug. 30, at 9:30 a.m.

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