Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty After Allegedly Dumping Pit Bull Puppies

One puppy died from its injuries.

An Amityville woman has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly dumping two abused puppies in Riverhead on Dec. 18, according to the Suffolk County SPCA.

One of the puppies has since died. "He had to be kept on intravenous fluids because he was too weak to eat, but, unfortunately, he did not survive," said Chief Roy Gross.

According to the Suffolk County SPCA, Swaneka P.J. Danzler, 21, the owner of the puppies, admitted to SPCA officers that she dumped the puppies at 1 a.m. at the Riverhead Animal Hospital. Danzler allegedly told the Suffolk County SPCA that she believed the veterinary hospital was open 24/7 and that's why she left the dogs there. 

The Suffolk County SPCA initially offered a $2000 reward -- which was increased to $3000 after one puppy died -- for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for dumping the two pit bull puppies at the Riverhead Animal Hospital.

According to Gross, possibly between midnight and daybreak in a six-foot deep window well.

The puppies had severe mange and were near death when found. Gross said the mange was so severe on the male that the dog's skin was peeling off; the puppies were said to need require extensive veterinary care before they could be adopted.

"This is a blatant act of cruelty and abandonment and we will do everthing we can to see that those responsible are apprehended," Gross said at the time.

Steve Laton of the SPCA credited the diligent work of SPCA officers in apprehending the suspect. He added that the dogs were seriously neglected and needed veterinary care before being abandoned.

Danzler was issued a field appearance ticket and will be arraigned at the end of the month at Riverhead justice court.






janet kent December 31, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Need more information on this story Lisa. Was she the owner of these puppies, was she the transporter only, where is the mother dog, who else was involved? Was she released from the cops? Kindly report the what, where,when, why.
Lisa Finn (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Janet, I'll give an update as soon as further details become available. Thanks for writing.
Lisa Finn (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Janet, she was the owner of the puppies (See updated story). It is not immediately clear where the mother dog is. And she will be arraigned at Riverhead justice court at the end of the month.
anna cast December 31, 2012 at 01:47 PM
she should get hard time, and be tortured like those poor babies, if I got my hands on her!!!!!
Vince Taldone December 31, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Plenty of abused and neglected animals get dumped in the woods. So I surely can't pass judgement on some one who brought them to the hospital property - at least not until the facts are known. But I don't understand why the individual was released! As was noted previously, where is the mother and where are the other pups if they exist? I would want those questions answered before releasing the individual. I can only hope that she was released pending arraignment because she has given them all the information she has and the police did not believe that she was the source of the cruelty and perhaps just made poor decisions about how to get them to a place for help. But if that is not the case, I wonder if our laws are too weak which forced law enforcement to let her go - treating her like it was a traffic ticket. When the facts come out about the crime and the ability of law enforcement to take serious action, we may need to be looking to our legislators to make the charge of such hateful, cruelty to animals into a much more serious offense. Thank you to the SPCA for quick thinking (reward) and action to find the person responsible. How let's follow the story and take any necessary action as a society to make the law fit the crime. The NYS legislative season is starting in just a few weeks.
Kerrie Graham December 31, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Thank you to the SPCA for finding out who did this. I hope they locate, spay and find a good home for the mother dog and that this individual realizes she is not responsible enough to own a dog. There are far too many homeless dogs in this world. Anyone who does not spay/neuter their dog and allows the dog to breed while withholding standard medical care is not responsible enough to own a dog. Please keep her away from all animals.
K. December 31, 2012 at 06:26 PM
As Whoopie Goldberg said when defending Michael Vick's animal abuse: "This is part of his cultural upbringing...a culture where this is not questioned." Perhaps "Swaneeka" can be similarly defended?
doglover December 31, 2012 at 11:22 PM
No defense for cruelty to animals, culture h as nothing to do with harming animals. Laws are laws but the punishment must be harsher in animal cruelty, period
Lisa Cairo February 21, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Whoopie who? Shithead! There is no excuse for ANY animal cruelty.
K. February 22, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Very Lady-like Language Miss Cairo. Don't you recognize sarcasm? Is your thinking really THAT Concrete?


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